Although Scotland and England have been tumultuous neighbours, not least in the constitutional question Scotland has asked itself on September 18, their divergent residential architectures pose similar challenges and strengths. Andrew Hoolachan argues that our housing problem today is severe, but that we can create sustainable and affordable places to live without turning our backs on the intimacy of urban living.
Andrew Hoolachan has completed his PhD in the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge. He specialises in urban planning and is working on the politics of urban sustainability around the London 2012 Olympic Legacy. He is starting a job at LSE Cities in 2016.