Factory-made Housing Events Programme

Programme of events

October - January 2019

This three-month programme of events taking place for the duration of the 'Factory-made Housing' exhibition further explores key themes, forming a core part of the NLA Housing programme.

Factory-made Housing: achieving a ‘modular mindset’

Half-day Conference, Friday 12 October 2018

09:00 – 12:30

Although ‘factory-made’ homes are being advocated by national and Mayoral policy as one of the key solutions to housing demand, factory-made housing still accounts for a very small proportion of the homes built in London each year. So, what are the barriers to London adopting a truly ‘modular mindset’? How might we make the most of these construction processes to deliver homes at speed and scale?

New London Neighbourhood Tour - Victoria

Walking Tours, Saturday 13 October 2018


Book-ended by Buckingham Palace to the west and Westminster Abbey to the east, Victoria is a truly unique neighbourhood, experiencing unprecedented new developments and rebuilds.

NLA Programme on the London Stand at MIPIM UK


17 -18 October 2018

Join the NLA team on the London Stand at MIPIM UK. Alongside an exhibition showcasing London’s best development opportunities, the dedicated London stage hosts an NLA-curated programme of talks. Themes will follow the wider MIPIM UK programme and include Investment, housing and innovation.

Bloomsbury Festival at NLA


-21 October 2018

Visit NLA during the Bloomsbury Festival for an exciting programme of family workshops, exhibitions and model talks. All events are free!

Choose Construction: careers advice and networking for years 10-13

Learning event , Monday 22 October 2018


The Construction Industry needs you! Did you know that there are thousands of opportunities for talented young people within UK Construction?

NLA Study Tour: Television Centre

Study Tour, Thursday 25 October 2018


Join NLA as we visit the revamped Television Centre complex in the rapidly changing area of White City.

Factory-made Housing: moving modular

Lunchtime Talk, Friday 26 October 2018


This lunchtime talk will look at how movable, temporary housing works in practice. How easy is it to disassemble modular housing units, transport them to a new location and reassemble? We’ll be exploring examples where this process is at play and asking what role this might play in providing homes, as well as other uses for Londoners.

Where on earth can London build 100,000 homes a year?

Evening Discussion, Monday 29 October 2018

18.30 – 21:00

Housing experts will discuss where London, constrained by the Metropolitan Green Belt, can find the space to build 100,000 homes every year - a revised target called for by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Waltham Forest: hotspot for creative-led growth

On Location, Tuesday 30 October 2018


One of the fastest growing economies in the capital and recently named by the Mayor of London as the first London Borough of Culture, Waltham Forest is seeing unprecedented opportunities to grow and create exciting places for existing as well as new communities that live and work in the borough.

London and Vancouver: Sustainable cities

International Dialogue


PLEASE NOTE, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED With the Mayor’s ambitious target of making London a zero-carbon city and at least 50 per cent green by 2050, this international dialogue brings London together with Vancouver to investigate plans to make Vancouver the ‘greenest city’ and at how zero emissions buildings are becoming the norm.

New London Neighbourhood Tour - Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia

Walking Tours, Wednesday 31 October 2018


This Halloween, join us as we discover the historic estate neighbourhoods of Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury. Traversing either side of the Tottenham Court Road, explore the area’s modern development and frightening past, with stories the ghost of Spring-heeled Jack, local goblin fantasist poet Christina Rossetti and the mummification of UCL founder Jeremy Bentham back in 1832.

NYLON: Regional planning in New York and London

NYLON, Wednesday 31 October 2018

12:30-14:30 (new time)

In 2017, New York’s Regional Plan Association (RPA) released its Fourth Regional Plan, looking at the Tri-State metropolitan area in its totality. In the same year, the Mayor of London released the draft New London Plan for Greater London, which addresses but does not resolve London’s relationship with its neighbouring counties. Is it time we think more strategically across the London boundary as has our New York counterpart?

Factory-made Housing: timber tour with Waugh Thistleton Architects

Study Tour, Friday 2 November 2018


As part of the series exploring factory-made homes, Waugh Thistleton, experts in designing with Cross Laminated Timber, guide a tour of Hackney - the CLT capital of London.

Factory-made Housing: curator-led tour

Curator-led Tours, Friday 2 November 2018


How are we employing innovative models of construction and delivery to meet the homes needed in the capital each year? How do we achieve a truly ‘modular mindset’ to realise the potential of these innovations?

London at MIPIM 2019

12-15 March 2019

Join the NLA team at London at MIPIM from 12-15 March 2019. Alongside an exhibition showcasing London’s best development opportunities, the dedicated London area hosts an NLA-curated programme of talks.

Factory-made Housing: learning from postwar ‘prefab’

Breakfast Talk , Friday 9 November 2018


The failure of many of the postwar ‘prefab’ and system-built blocks has resulted in widespread negative perceptions about ‘prefabrication’ that endure today, but how are we doing things differently now?