Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Total lack of planning for human use

Why does regeneration create so many ugly buildings?

For better or worse, the buildings of the 1960s were designed from the inside out. Even the most reviled of blocks contain spacious apartments. Even the most alarming crumbling concrete hulks have residents who will say: "But they're lovely inside." The new blocks are designed from the outside in, irregular windows and brightly-coloured cladding hide the tiny, mean proportions and a total lack of planning for human use. Now the cladding materials are falling off and the debts on the buy-to-lets are being called in.

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4 thoughts on “Total lack of planning for human use

  • have to agree, although not ideal, a lot of council/govt built low rise/high rise places from the 60s have well proportioned rooms and layout. The majority of the new (private) build stuff I see is genereally horrendous. 3 bedrooms where there’s really only space for 2, or 5 bedrooms where there’s really only space for 3…not to mention that the majority of these new builds have a life expectancy of 40 years…..who the hell wants a 25 year mortgage on summit that needs to be knocked down 15 years after you’ve finally paid it off….

    sorry state of affairs….

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  • Indeed. Part of the blame is because unlike the rest of Europe, we measure our houses by the number of bedrooms, not m². Force estate agents to include the m² in all ads, and the problem will solve itself. Oh and LVT.

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  • But the property developers made a killing – they were built for profit, not for people.

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  • Our govt (all flavours) allow the smallest accomodation in Europe, are we smaller than French people, Germans Belgians ? No there the people care about politics because politcians directly influence life for good or bad, if the sheeple of this country carry on ignoring politico’s stage act here then this situation will never change, when people did strike, march, complain things were more our way (as in the article i.e. flats being larger inside).
    As an aside this is completely true, I built a set for tv in India and pakistan house (council blocks in Cheltenham) , at the same time a friend was fitting out flats (new build) about 1/2 mile away, council(india/pakistan house) flats were large, impressievly so , new builds :- no room for a wardrobe in the bedrooms !!! Total S””t . The (council) block was scheduled for demo as it had concrete cancer, when the structural engineer came I asked him about the difference in the size of the flats, he agreed with me the council flats were far more desireable than the drylined pap up the road !! We truly are building the slums of tomorrow ! P.S in London (hackney) they actully call them HIVES !

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