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Gated communities lock cities into cycles of inequality

Posted on: 25 November 2014
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The authors of this article look at gated communities in the context of Buenos Aires.

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From wasted spaces to living spaces

Posted on: 24 November 2014
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Amidst new political focus on the potential of brownfield land, a report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) published today shows that local authorities have identified the capacity for at least 1 million new homes on suitable brownfield land in England. The report also makes a series of recommendations that would make brownfield land more attractive to developers and encourage local authorities to do more to identify suitable sites.

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Breaking the mould

Posted on: 21 November 2014
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Based at the University of Exeter Medical School’s European Centre for Environment & Human Health, the European Centre for Environment & Human Health has just published findings that show damp and specific types of mould can pose a significant health risk to people with asthma. While homes are increasingly designed to save energy, this blog considers what can we do to prevent side-effects that pose a cost to our health.

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The age and construction of English homes: A guide to ageing the English housing stock

Posted on: 21 November 2014
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This new report, on sale at the BRE Bookshop, provides detailed information on typical designs and features of houses built at different periods, using statistics from the 2010 English Housing Survey. Experienced surveyors and housing professionals will have developed an intuitive feel for when a house was constructed and the date of any modifications which have been undertaken, particularly in their own local area, where they are familiar with local materials and designs. As such, this book is intended for less experienced professionals, students of housing, or individuals with a personal interest, to be taken onto the streets and used as a reference book.

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Real London lives

Posted on: 20 November 2014
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g15 has commissioned Real London Lives, a major three-year longitudinal study from the University of York. Its latest report presents the findings of in-depth qualitative face-to-face interviews with working-age housing association residents from across the capital. The report confronts many of the stereotypes attached to people living in social housing.

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Architecture and the welfare state

Posted on: 19 November 2014
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Thirty golden years of the Welfare State (1945-1975) and 30 years of socio-political objectives and policies expressed in the built form, principally housing, are covered in this new book. This review describes the book as the first study to look so closely at these and the extent of the power and influence wielded by architects in this process. The study covers Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and some former colonial territories in the form of 15 essays, each from a scholar in architecture and planning, edited by three of these authors.

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Accelerating new housing production in London – What works?

Posted on: 18 November 2014
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This reflective blog summarises the major topics covered at the ‘New Housing and the London Plan’ workshop held on 29 October 2014.

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What will the housing market look like in 2040?

Posted on: 17 November 2014
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This research explores how the housing market is likely to change in the coming decades, and how this will affect poverty. Using detailed historic data to examine the relationship between housing and poverty, it provides a much greater insight into this link than most studies. It also explains how changes to housing policies and provision could prevent poverty increasing.

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Practical implications of immigration checks on new lettings

Posted on: 14 November 2014
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Immigration checks on new lettings are required by the Immigration Act 2014, initially in parts of the West Midlands from 1st December 2014 but later to be rolled out nationally. Most local authority and many housing association lettings will be exempt, but lodgers are covered by the scheme regardless of tenure. Social landlords need to be aware of the requirements both where it applies to their own lettings and to any lodgers which their tenants may have, and because of the expected impact on the private rented sector and on migrant communities. This ‘Practical Implications’ briefing explains how the checks are intended to operate, answers questions which social landlords may have and suggests how you can meet the new requirements and respond to their effects.

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Home Truths 2014/15: North West broken market, broken dreams

Posted on: 14 November 2014
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The North West is cracking under the pressure of several widely different broken housing markets according to a new report. In some areas a chronic shortage of homes has seen housing costs spiral out of reach of many families, while in other parts of the region communities are struggling in desperate need of jobs and regeneration.

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