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Housing for Hope and Wellbeing

Author/EditorSamuel, Flora (University of Reading, UK (Author)
ISBN: 9780367469030
Pub Date20/12/2022
BindingPaperback
Pages218
Dimensions (mm)234(h) * 156(w)
The book focuses on the UK housing scene but draws on and provides lessons for housing cultures across the globe. Illustrated throughout with case studies, this is the go-to book for anyone who wants to look at housing in a holistic way.
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Housing and neighbourhoods have an important contribution to make to our wellbeing and our sense of our place in the world. This book, written for a lay audience (with policy makers firmly in mind) offers a useful and intelligible overview of our housing system and why it is in ‘crisis’ while acting as an important reminder of how housing contributes to social value, defined as community, health, self development and identity. It argues for a holistic digital map-based planning system that allows for the sensitive balancing of the triple bottom line of sustainability: social, environmental and economic value. It sets out a vision of what our housing system could look like if we really put the wellbeing of people and planet first, as well as a route map on how to get there.

Written primarily from the point of view of an architect, the account weaves across industry, practice and academia cross cutting disciplines to provide an integrated view of the field. The book focusses on the UK housing scene but draws on and provides lessons for housing cultures across the globe. Illustrated throughout with case studies, this is the go-to book for anyone who wants to look at housing in a holistic way.

Housing and neighbourhoods have an important contribution to make to our wellbeing and our sense of our place in the world. This book, written for a lay audience (with policy makers firmly in mind) offers a useful and intelligible overview of our housing system and why it is in ‘crisis’ while acting as an important reminder of how housing contributes to social value, defined as community, health, self development and identity. It argues for a holistic digital map-based planning system that allows for the sensitive balancing of the triple bottom line of sustainability: social, environmental and economic value. It sets out a vision of what our housing system could look like if we really put the wellbeing of people and planet first, as well as a route map on how to get there.

Written primarily from the point of view of an architect, the account weaves across industry, practice and academia cross cutting disciplines to provide an integrated view of the field. The book focusses on the UK housing scene but draws on and provides lessons for housing cultures across the globe. Illustrated throughout with case studies, this is the go-to book for anyone who wants to look at housing in a holistic way.

Flora Samuel is Professor of Architecture at the University of Cambridge. She helped set up the new School of Architecture at the University of Reading and is former Head of the University of Sheffield of the University of Sheffield School of Architecture and the first RIBA Vice President for Research. The author of Why Architects Matter (2018) she has spent the last decade researching the positive impact of good design on people. Her interests are now moving to land use and social justice, both key to addressing climate change. She is well known as industry advisor on the social value of the design of housing and places and a strong advocate of social value mapping. She is also known for her unorthodox writings on Le Corbusier, about whom she has published extensively. A mother of three daughters, she is based in Wales.

Introduction PART I: The problem 1. Hopeless housing 2. Who builds housing and how 3. Housing knowledge PART II: The impact of housing and neighbourhoods on hope and wellbeing 4. Measuring wellbeing and social value 5. Connectivity 6. Physical health 7. Self actualisation 8. Identity and belonging PART III: How to build a housing system for hope and wellbeing 9. A planning system for hope and wellbeing 10. Policy for hope and wellbeing in housing and neighbourhoods 11. Rethinking local authorities around 20-minute communities 12. Professional knowledge and skills for building hope and wellbeing into housing and neighbourhoods 13. Common knowledge 14. Housing and neighbourhoods for hope and wellbeing Index

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