Talk recorded: Building Better Homes

Set against the backdrop of a housing crisis can we avoid the mistakes of the past and create a healthier, happier environment?

Building Better Homes was a talk held by the Architecture Centre on Wednesday 24 January 2018, as part of our housing season. Listen to the recorded event that hosted architects Sarah WigglesworthAlex Ely (Mae Architects) and Simon Bayliss (HTA) and discussed the role of architects in creating housing that gives us more than shelter.

The background information to the event was as follows: Housing is one of our most basic needs and is more than just a roof over our heads.  The places we live can affect our health in many ways, from the materials used in construction to the urban planning that locates and shapes the built environment.

Architecture has a key role in our wellbeing: creating individual dwellings designed to give us the space, light and comfort we need to thrive and planning neighbourhoods that help to create communities and encourage activity that benefits our mental and physical health.

Set against the backdrop of a housing crisis can we avoid the mistakes of the past and create a healthier, happier environment? How can the urgent need for mass housing be met whilst ensuring that the housing we deliver has a positive effect on our health and wellbeing?