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Impact of housing design and placemaking on social value and wellbeing in the pandemic – Interim report

The pandemic has highlighted the key role of the built environment of homes and neighbourhoods in fostering resilience. As part of the CaCHE project, Housing Policies and the COVID-19 Epidemic, this interim report sets out initial conclusions from 17 interviews with stakeholders, drawn largely from government, local government and housing provider backgrounds across the UK (the interviews were conducted between June and September 2020 before the second wave of lockdowns). The remit of this report is to develop an understanding of the impact of the pandemic, largely in terms of social value, on the built environment of housing and places but the conversations inevitably strayed into the profound interconnections between healthcare, planning and the wider policy system across the UK.

The research chronicles a range of positive initiatives that were developed during the initial lockdown. A notable and encouraging finding from the research is that the ‘Climate Change Emergency’ has not been forgotten.

The report finishes with a series of recommendations from the interviewees on how to ‘build back better’ in the light of the pandemic.

Author: Professor Flora Samuel


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Date: October 30, 2020 2:34 pm

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