Hidden Homeless: Radical ideas to tackle the housing crisis head on
Young people are suffering some of the worst effects of the insufﬁcient supply of affordable housing in Sydney, with many ending up sofa surﬁng or sleeping rough. This growing homeless crisis urgently needs to be addressed from a political, social and planning legislation perspective.
The Hidden Homeless design competition, developed by John McAslan and Partners and New Horizons Youth Centre and supported by the Mayor of London, challenged designers and architects to propose radical ideas for innovative housing for homeless young people across London. Taking a real site in London’s King’s Cross, the competition focused specifically on providing short and medium-term accommodation for up to 28 young homeless people, where these young people can stay safely whilst receiving support with longer-term solutions.
The 47 competition entries proposed creative, sustainable and practical approaches including shared living accommodation, co-working, retail and hospitality spaces. Each proposal provided a robust financial model for co-locating homeless accommodation alongside private development testing commercial viability and ensuring the homeless are no longer hidden but are supported at the centre of a vibrant community rich with opportunity.