We had a discussion this evening at the RA about East London: not the East London which I know and have written about west of the River Lea; but the large tracts of local authority housing and industrial wasteland which lies beyond in Stratford, Maryland, Romford, Barking, Dagenham and beyond. The discussion was focussed on three grand projets: Here East, the Olympic Media Centre which is being converted into tech units by Hawkins\Brown; the development of Albert Docks by Terry Farrell; and the creation of a new town on derelict land in Barking Riverside. The mood was in some ways optimistic: except that nobody had a solution as to how to provide effective quality and diversity in housing projects; and how to ensure that affordable housing is affordable. This is managed in the Netherlands, Berlin and Scandinavia. Surely there are ways of ensuring that – as we were told – 50% of new housing is not in the hands of six private developers.