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Our Kind of Town Public Lecture: Luxified Troglodytism?

Professor Roger Burrows will be the speaker at this public lecture, organised by LivingMaps Network in association with the Institute of Advanced Studies UCL

Date/Time: 18:00 - 20:00 Wednesday 29 May 2019

Venue: IAS Forum Ground floor, South Wing, UCL London WC1E 6BT

Much has been written about the ‘luxified skies’ sprouting up across London; ‘high-rise’, ‘super prime’ housing for new elites. Thus far less attention has been paid to what has been happening to subterranean London. As a corrective to this, this paper examines the extent of elite residential basement development across seven London boroughs between 2008 and 2017. We identify some 4,650 basements granted permission over the decade and classify each into one of (six and then) three different types: standard; large; and mega. We present a series of maps and tables detailing the locations and the amenities contained within each basement. This empirical material is contextualized by way of a discussion of form and functioning of what we conceptualize as the ‘plutocraticization’ of London following the 2008 global financial crash.

Tickets are £10, concessions £5 and IAS fellows free. Book your place now

Roger Burrows