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House building is not about making ‘space’, it’s about creating ‘place’

A ‘sense of community’ is what we get when the environment we’re in, or that we live in, feels comfortable to us and consistent with how we see ourselves and with our personality – the identity of the place fits with our notion of our own identity. Developments in which people love both the physical surroundings and feel a strong community network, are places in which people want to live. To build social housing that has longevity, we should build with ‘place identity’, ‘a sense of community’ and ‘place attachments’ in mind. As human beings we cannot get away from

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An underground journey to the future

Five steps to a better Tube No two cities are the same, and this is especially true when it comes to the local mass transit systems. Underground rail systems are the veins and arteries of a city, when they work well, it’s great, but when they fail, it can cause major problems and stress. As a result, users of big city underground systems have a unique love-hate relationship with their transport system. None more so than London. It’s almost 150 years old, it’s deep, congested, narrow and hosts its own sub-species of mosquito. Londoners hate it with a passion, right

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6 tips from Keeble Brown on how to write engaging blog posts

If you want to make your business stand out a blog is a great way of demonstrating your prowess in thought leadership. A good place to start is a current or controversial topic that is of interest to your target audience, with an interesting, if not unique, spin, take or insight on it that is not something that the majority are likely to have really considered before. An engaging writing style goes a long way to holding the readers’ interest so that they make it to the end. What you also need is a style and approach that exudes authority

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Housing associations must embrace transparency

Housing associations are a tricky confluence of private profit and public service. They inspire rancour across several parties, with The Spectator calling them ‘the true villains of the housing crisis’. Today, MPs called for sweeping changes to how housing associations are regulated on the back of evidence of managerial neglect. In theory, housing associations should be an easy sell. Non-profit making organisations that provide low-cost housing for people who need a home. As house prices in the private sector rocket, surely housing associations are the best of both worlds? A recent Guardian investigation suggests not. Stories of mould, rats, flooding

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