Promoting design value in public rented housing, an English perspective

In recent years the economic dimension of housing design has dominated housing discourse most notably through the activities of Volume House Builders, meaning that other types of long-term design value – social, sustainable and cultural – the hallmarks of quality have been neglected. This paper argues that the promotion of design value is closely linked to the status and power of its champions within the housing delivery team, most notably architects and planners. Architects, the most highly trained housing designers, are taught to work at multiple scales to develop spatial and material strategies, using boundary objects (drawings, models and so on) as the basis for negotiations with clients, ‘users’ and others, using professional judgment honed through practice to deliver housing that delivers on multiple dimensions of design value.

Author(s): Flora Samuel
Published: 10 October 2018
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