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Why aren't architects trusted to solve the housing crisis?


When I was teaching at London Met (now the Cass) we ran many housing design project for students - and they were often the hardest projects to tackle. The outcomes had to be practical, but still respond to the need to shape urban spaces and social domains. Fluid talked last week about 'dwelling' at De Monford university. How many volumes housing providers even use this term we wondered. If we don't open up students to the difficulties associated with designing good housing, architects will loose more and more traction. It is already difficult to influence some of the bigger brands - but they do respond where ideas improve their products. This has to be concrete and demonstrable - there is little point simply trying to wage a battle on aesthetic terms alone.

Posted date

30 October, 2014

Posted time

3:47 pm


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