A key theme explored in our Grimshaw Cities Podcast series is the idea of ‘homes for all in the city for all’. In a series of conversations led by Tim Williams, Grimshaw’s Cities Practice Leader, we hear from global leaders in the housing field who bring diverse perspectives, expertise, and new thinking to social and affordable housing in the context of the international housing crisis – an important agenda to us at Grimshaw.
From our first Season, Cities of Opportunity, Episode 1, we interview Jonathan Rose, a highly innovative and ethical US developer of submarket rental homes in what he calls ‘communities of opportunity’ – mixed use, mixed communities located near mass transit, jobs and amenities. In Episode 8, The Renewing City, we feature Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz who has only recently stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Mirvac, one of the biggest residential developers in Australia and now chairs the new National Housing Supply and Affordability Council established by the Australian Federal Government.
More recently in Season 3, Episode 2 we interview the impassioned and resourceful David Cowans in Building Places for People who ran one of the biggest social housing providers in the world, Places for People, with its portfolio of over 100,000 homes. And finally, our latest episode Homes and Cities for all features Kate Davies CBE, former Chief Executive Officer of Notting Hill Genesis, a community housing provider with over 65000 homes, widely regarded as near the top of the unofficial league table of high-quality social housing bodies in the United Kingdom. Listen to these highlight episodes below.