Angela Brady - Keynote


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Housing, Development and Design – why are these crucial to wellbeing in London’s communities??

President Royal Institute of Architects
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  • RIBA: Professional institute 40,000 architects are members (UK based with regional network but we also validate architecture degrees internationally) Royal charter to promote good design for the benefits of society HomeWise campaign: more and better homes for Britain
  • For the campaign, we ’ ve researched what good quality housing design means to the British public Case for Space : we surveyed consumers and found that they don ’ t like newly built homes because they are too small. We measured 4,500 new homes in England and found they are roughly 10% below new space standards introduced in London – family homes are missing a bedroom The Way We Live Now : filmed 5 households and held 4 discussion groups across England. Needs for modern living included more flexibility, storage and technological adaptation. Future Homes Commission : Year-long expert independent inquiry into how we can build more and better homes. Recommendations about how to finance the development of more homes, design standards, marketing information, and how to create lasting communities.
  • Flexibility is important when homes are being designed and new communities created: Tenure: we have different tenures in UK based on affordability: They rank from private ownership (for people who can afford to raise a mortgage to buy their own home) to ‘ affordable ’ or social rent – Government-backed discounted rent from housing associations or local government, usually 20-40% less than private rents in the local area. Tenures change. People can buy their social rent homes, and local authorities can demand some social homes from private developers as a condition of granting planning permission (permission to build the homes). The design of homes must be flexible for different households who can afford different tenures. Changing population : More single person households and lone parents with dependent children in UK. Proportion of people aged 65+ to increase by 5% over next 20 years. Russia also has an ageing population. Although this has slowed since the 1990s, ageing is still a demographic trend in Russia. The design of homes must be flexible because p eople prioritise different things at different points in the lifecycle . Our research found that, for example: ALL households wanted a flexible and spacious main living area – for cooking, eating together as a household, relaxing, entertaining and socialising OLDER households needed to be able to adapt their home eg if they need a walking aid FAMILIES didn ’ t like open plan areas– they wanted separate rooms (eg a room they could use as an office, to work from home without kids running in, or a separate dining room to eat at a table and talk, without the TV) Flexibility for homes which change tenure and remain fit for a changing population: Rooms should have more than one use (bedroom/dining room/ home office) Space for accessibility adaptations OR: movable partition walls? Allowing people to choose where walls go to create rooms? Neighbourhoods should have a variety of types of homes in them to cater for our ageing population, so that people can move within their local area as their needs change.   *********** Changing demographics: More single person households (people outliving spouses or divorcing). In 2011 lone parents with dependent children in UK reached 2 million, increase from 1.7 million in 2001. Proportion of people aged 65+ to increase from 17% of UK population (2010) to 23% (2035) (Russia also has an ageing population. 14% of Russian population was over 65 in 2005. Older people increased in proportion fastest in 1990s, has slowed since but still ageing). Universal needs were a flexible entertaining and private space and space to socialise Requirements for the main living space were strongly related to life-stage; the age (and physical ability) of the household and whether or not they had children all played a role   Open plan design: Downsizers who were used to more space and although they wanted a smaller home, could see the benefits of the sense of space offered by open plan rooms Participants who carried out activities concurrently which would once have been carried out independently – such as cooking and entertaining or supervising homework.   Separate rooms: Families with children who want to a) discourage eating in front of the TV rather than sociably together as a family and b) work from home in a separate space from children People who wanted more privacy between rooms or to keep cooking smells out of the lounge   Highly flexible: Almost all participants found it hard to understand how more progressive takes on flexible rooms – such as movable partition walls – might work for them, typically because they had never experienced such a home personally First time buyers who have limited budget, are more aware of progressive design, and can see the benefits of a space flexible enough for multiple uses Those who were most receptive to a living space which incorporated flexible rooms and design tended to be those who needed a limited living space to be able to adapt to a wide range of needs : for private space to relax, for entertaining, for cooking and for working. People were receptive to the lifestyle benefits but these homes need demonstrating Tenures: Private market (usually home ownership and often private rent) Intermediate (part-buy, part-rent for households who cannot afford to buy but earn enough to not need Government support) Social rent (60-80% of local market value. Discounted rent in publically funded/ built housing development)
  • The Commission ’ s online survey was completed by 2,295 people. We asked What is the most important thing your home needs? Does it have it, or not? There were many different answers, but lots of people commented on the poor quality and external design of new build homes. The Commission have been looking into ways in which new homes can offer a decent place to live, and better attributes than older properties. Energy efficiency and cheaper bills are well document benefit. The Way We Live Now tried to find out what consumers think they can gain from new homes.
  • Housing developers told the Commission that, excluding the land, it costs about £100,000 to build a home. They build homes like those in the top left. The images on the right and bottom left show what can be built for the same price, but with low energy, accessible and flexible design… Derwenthorpe: Market research defined some of the design; the ceiling height and floor space in the winter garden were market tested by inviting people to view two different prototypes. Design was also influenced by social research conducted by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation into the needs of children and families, older people and people with disabilities. Excellent design and an integrated community are affordable; each home, averaging round 100m2, typically cost around £100,000 to build excluding the cost of the land. A research programme will monitor Derwenthorpe ’s energy efficiency and share the results with the housing industry.
  • Angela Brady - Keynote

    1. 1. Housing, Development andDesign – why are thesecrucial to wellbeing inLondon’s communities??Angela BradyPresident Royal Institute of ArchitectsTwitter Woodberry Down, London by Berkeley Group and London Borough of Hackney
    2. 2. “One of the great, but oftenunmentioned, causes of both happinessand misery is the quality of ourenvironment: the kind of walls, chairs,buildings and streets we’re surroundedby” Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness
    3. 3. RIBA’s housing researchThe Way We Live Now Building the Homes The Case for Space and CommunitiesSocial research and Britain Needs Data on the size of newfilms by RIBA and Ipsos English homes by RIBAMORI Inquiry by The Future Homes Commission
    4. 4. Why is flexibility important? Paste co- brand logoLiving space requirements vary by life-stage here Households with children Universal needs • Safe, unsupervised play • Flexible entertaining and private space areas • Space to entertain friends and socialise • Homework area • Able to supervise children from the kitchen • Able to use the kitchen for Households without family meals Older residents children • Separate work space for • Space to work at home parents – closed off from • Adaptations to reflect children • Private areas for older changing health adult children to stay or • Some private space for requirements entertain friends retreatThe Way We Live Now© Ipsos MORI Version 1 | Public (DELETE CLASSIFICATION) Version 1 | Internal Use Only Version 1 | Confidential Version 1 | Strictly Confidential
    5. 5. The way we live now What is the most important thing your home needs? “Character! It has to be somewhere I look forward to returning home to!... New build housing is all too generic and not relative to its location.” Future Homes Commission: Building the Homes and Communities Britain Needs
    6. 6. Is quality affordable?From homes of the past to homes of the future… Derwenthorpe, York, Joseph Rowntree Housing Foundation
    7. 7. Support our campaign: write to your MP
    8. 8. The Way We Live Now
    9. 9. The Way We Live Now
    10. 10. St Catherine’s Community Foyer:Dublin City Council Cara HA Ireland
    11. 11. St Catherine’s Community Foyer:Dublin City Council Cara HA Ireland
    12. 12. Laycock St Islington
    13. 13. Client: “Together UKworking for Wellbeing”BMA/Croydon
    14. 14. Design Concept house house flat stair flat the cluster & support space shared From their experience of providing similar accommodation, Together space encourage the grouping of an optimum of four accommodation units sharing a communal space. They have found that this achieves a scale appropriate for encouraging a good level of positive interaction, whilst house shared space house minimising any potential for intimidation. In this proposed development a mix of accommodation types are to be provided in the form of both flas and t houses: • Four flas will cluster around an expanded landing area with external views t flat flat and natural light. This will provide a shared support space in the form of a ‘winter garden’. Staircase and lift access will be separate. • Four houses will cluster around a shared support space linking directly related outdoor space to an associated external courtyard area. Each courtyard will have its own distinct character and its own amenity provision, helping territorialise parts of the site, providing variety and a domestic scale within the site’s external landscaping.GROUP OF FLATS AROUND SHARED ENTRANCE GROUP OF HOUSES AROUND SHARED ENTRANCE These cluster groups form the basis for organising the site. Client: “Together UK working for Wellbeing” BMA/CroydonBottom: Images from other sites that convey the a sense of what a shared safe space might be like 226 Pampisford Road, Croydon CR2 6DB. Brady Mallalieu Architects 8
    15. 15. Phoenix Heights Mastmaker Rd Ballymore Properties
    16. 16. Phoenix Heights Plan
    17. 17. Phoenix Heights Plan
    18. 18. Danish Eco Co housing
    19. 19. Peabody/BMA: Underwood Road 33 homes
    20. 20. Peabody: Private and shared back gardens
    21. 21. Peabody: balconies with a view
    22. 22. Politics shapes architecture …. So what kind of a future are we makingnow?We need to work together and lobby Government……………for abetter built environment to create the right kind of housing andcommunities for our future generations#Homewise www.wothoutspaceandlight