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Opinion: Consumers cry out for better designed homes

Opinion: Consumers cry out for better designed homes

A recent survey by finance firm Market Financial Solutions UK reinforced the message that UK adults do not want to live in new housing developments. Previous surveys suggested that the proportion of people not prepared to live in a speculative new builds was between 67 per cent and 75 per cent. The latest one comes in at 81 per cent.

Opinion: What a more diverse industry could do for places

Opinion: What a more diverse industry could do for places

Can greater diversity in the built environment professions improve the quality of places we create? Stephen Gleave gives his answer.

Opinion: The road to somewhere

Opinion: The road to somewhere

Tim Williams sees up close the damage done to city roads by prioritising car drivers' needs, and finds opportunities in technological change.

Permission in principle may well not deliver, by Joey Gardiner

Permission in principle may well not deliver, by Joey Gardiner

This summer, one of the key building blocks of the government's housing drive, guidance on how permissions in principle (PIP) and local authority brownfield registers will work together, was finally put in place.

Opinion: The importance of being generous

Opinion: The importance of being generous

Small interventions in the urban fabric have been largely lost in the UK development industry, resulting in a loss of much that is of value in placemaking, says Chris Brown.

Opinion: Capture the true value of infrastructure

Opinion: Capture the true value of infrastructure

Infrastructure appraisal often focuses on projects that purport to cut travel times, when it should pay more attention to potential for residential value uplift and job creation, writes Tim Williams.

Why aesthetics matter to housing delivery

Why aesthetics matter to housing delivery

The design quality policy pendulum is swinging back. The publication of the government-appointed Urban Task Force's report in the early 2000s ushered in a heady period, overseen by government advisory body the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).

Opinion: Momentum is building on community-led housing

Opinion: Momentum is building on community-led housing

Urban community-led housing seems to be gaining traction rapidly in England and particularly in cities like Bristol, Leeds and London.

Opinion: Holding onto Hackney's sense of place

Opinion: Holding onto Hackney's sense of place

The east London borough is changing fast, so it is down to local players to ensure that the area's heritage and communities thrive, writes Ibrahim Michael Maiga.

Opinion: Continuing the fight for the right to be average

Opinion: Continuing the fight for the right to be average

City divisions can run deep, resulting in lower life expectancies for the poorest residents. It's a challenge Tim Williams encountered in London and which might be even more pronounced in Sydney.

Opinion: The threat to London's distinctive villages

Opinion: The threat to London's distinctive villages

In the drive to create the home of the future, we lost sight of the value of such qualities as distinctiveness, community and stability, writes Dean Clifford.

Opinion: Grenfell tragedy should inspire positive change

Opinion: Grenfell tragedy should inspire positive change

It's hard, given the events in West London, to write about anything else, but it is also hard, in the absence of any concrete information on the causes, to comment on this tragedy. It may turn out that someone did something wrong negligently (or in other ways), but it also seems possible that this is the unimaginably tragic result of system failure.


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