On October 24, join us for cocktails and conversation with developer Marc Vlessing and architect Michael Sorkin on building affordable housing in London.

As chief executive officer for Pocket Living, Marc develops new housing with compact units of approximately 400sf, bike storage, and other shared amenities. Through their efficient designs, Pocket is able to sell units directly to first-time buyers earning below the $66,000 affordable housing limit set by the mayor of London. Buyers are not permitted to rent their properties, and are required to sell to other Londoners earning middle-income wages. While compact units have come under fire by the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Mayor of London has recently endorsed Pocket with a £25m investment to develop over 1,000 new homes by 2021.

How should cities address the affordability crisis facing working- and middle-class urbanites? Could clever design and policy unlock home ownership for the next generation?


Guest Policy ↓

The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. Attendance is exclusively available to Fellows of the Forum. Learn more about becoming a Fellow.



Our Sponsors ↓

This program is made possible through the support of Kohn Pedersen Fox, Rose Associates, Related Companies and our Director’s Circle.

Shape our year-long inquiry by becoming a program sponsor and promote conversation between our Fellows and invited decision-makers on the future of neighborhood development.

To learn more, please contact Daniel McPhee, Executive Director, 718-663-8478, daniel@urbandesignforum.org.


About Private Development, Public Good ↓

This event is the forth of our Private Development & Public Good program, a conversation series with civic leaders from New York’s peer cities. On its 40th anniversary, the Urban Design Forum launched its new Global Exchange program, to foster dialogue between New York and its peer cities as they pioneer new approaches to housing, infrastructure and open space.


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Pocket Living (modified by Urban Design Forum)