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Survey: 9 out of 10 say 'quality buildings make them happier'

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Better quality buildings and public spaces improve the quality of life for nine out of ten people, according to new research

A poll for design watchdog Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) found that only three per cent of the population does not believe building quality impacts on their wellbeing.

Men and women seem to agree that higher space improves their quality of life - with an 87 per cent approval rate from each gender. Ethnic background does not appear to make a difference either, with 83 per cent white and 81 per cent black and minority ethnic people expressing an interest.

Older people are 22 per cent more interested than 16-24-year-olds, and regional differences were exposed with 25 per cent of East Midlanders saying they had no interest in the appearance of public places.

Political inclination played a small part: only 2 per cent of Conservative voters were not interested, compared with 4 per cent of Labour supporters.

Richard Simmons, CABE chief executive said: ‘It’s vital that people making critical decisions about public spending appreciate exactly what the public wants and values.’

Meanwhile Stirling Prize-winning architect Alison Brooks will speak at a CABE conference to mark its tenth anniversary this week, exploring how economic recovery and community building can come from progressive shaping of the built environment.

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  • Is that the singer from Curiosity Killed the Cat?

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  • It REM of course. Shiny Happy People... which also featured 'er out of the B-52s.

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