Place Alliance new research finds that housing design in England overwhelmingly ‘mediocre’ or ‘poor’

A housing design audit for England reveals that 75% of new housing development should not have gone ahead due to ‘mediocre’ or ‘poor’ design. 

Big Meet 10 - 21.01.2020

Housing Design Quality & Launch of “A Housing Design Audit for England“

Place Quality Research

Place Alliance has been working with its partners to deliver a programme focussed on generating a knowledge-based line of research about the quality of the built environment and its delivery.

Place Value & the Ladder of Place Quality

The Ladder of Place Quality is a simple tool for decision-makers to use when considering: are we making a great place?

Place Value Wiki

Place Value Wiki is a collaborative platform for anyone interested in the empirical links between aspects of place quality and aspects of place value.

About Place Alliance

Place Alliance is a movement campaigning for place quality. It is founded on the idea that through collaboration and better communication we can establish a culture whereby the quality of place becomes an everyday national and local priority.

Place Alliance is open to all and brings together organisations and individuals who share the belief that the quality of our built environment has a profound influence on people’s lives.

Place Alliance is hosted by

Latest News

Bartlett’s national housing audit finds ‘unethical’ housebuilders designing just 26% of homes well

The report, commissioned in June, is the first since Cabe, the government’s former architecture quango, conducted national audits in 2004 and 2007. It suggests the quality of design has improved somewhat, with the number of schemes being classed as poor or very poor...

New UK housing ‘dominated by roads’

A new report from University College London (UCL) says too many highways engineers are still approving roads that do not fully account for pedestrians and cyclists. It follows a government survey suggesting three quarters of people want to drive less to protect our...

Serious design flaws in many housing estates, report claims

Matthew Carmona, a professor at University College London, whose team has surveyed new housing schemes across the country as part of a major forthcoming report, says big developers are producing too many estates with serious design flaws. “At present we are just not...

What We Do

Research

We focus on a knowledge-based line of research about the quality of the built environment and its delivery. 

Big Meets

Our annual conference is an opportunity to debate on the current issues about the quality of the built environment and its delivery.

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Campaigns

We promote exchange between people across the country who are working on and promoting Place Quality initiatives.

Summer Schools

A summer school aimed at a wide range of professionals and decision-makers involved in making and sustaining successful places. 

Working Groups

Working Groups are open to everyone and define their own agenda.

Get involved

 
The Place Alliance is a movement for place quality. It is founded on the idea that through collaboration and better communication we can establish a culture whereby the quality of place becomes an everyday national and local priority. Place Alliance is open to all and brings together organisations and individuals who share the belief that the quality of our built environment has a profound influence on people’s lives.

The success of Place Alliance depends on the support of its supporters and volunteers. We welcome all organisations and local groups as well as individuals, town and parish councils, local authorities and businesses as members and supporters of Place Alliance.

Join Us

Become a Core Supporter, join an existing Working Group or suggest another group or initiative by emailing your ideas to us. Just complete the Supporters Form or subscribe to our Newsletter

Donate

Place Alliance is an independent not-for-profit initiative of UCL. We operate on a tight budget and rely on the generosity of our supporters. For those who wish to make a donation to help grow the Place Alliance network visit our UCL online giving page to make a gift. If you would like more information on how we will spend your donation contact placealliance@ucl.ac.uk. Your support is truly appreciated.

Contact

Prof Matthew Carmona – Chair

Valentina Giordano – Manager

To discuss how we might work together please email placealliance@ucl.ac.uk  

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