Building beautiful

How can more new homes and places be built in ways that the public find beautiful?

In November, the Government announced a new commission on Building Better, Building Beautiful. The Commission will consider a range of issues to do with the built environment, from design and style to community consent, but it has one central theme: how to find ways to raise the standard of new homes and places across the country. Although the Commission has provoked a great deal of discussion in the media, the architectural profession and in Parliament, the thing that has unified almost all responses to the Commission has been its necessity. It seems we can all agree that not enough new homes and places are built in ways that people find beautiful.

We are publishing this collection of essays as a way of offering ideas to the Government’s Commission. This cross-party essay collection includes contributions from politics, architecture and the housebuilding industry. Not every topic is covered and not every point of view is represented – there are too many of both to fit into one collection – but we hope our contribution is informative and useful.

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