Why housing space standards matter

Posted on 31 March 2013 0 comments

Without space standards, landlords, housebuilders and property investors get away with providing tiny or inadequate space in their properties.

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Open plan flat design

Posted on 13 June 2012 0 comments

New build flats in Britain are dominated by open plan layouts. How does this affect the design of these flats?

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Robin Hood Gardens

Posted on 04 February 2012 0 comments

Robin Hood Gardens is a large housing estate in East London facing demolition. Should it be saved?

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Housing Manual 1949 (part two)

Posted on 16 January 2011 9 comments

What does the 1949 housing manual have to say about flat design? And why are the example floor plans in the guide better than many flats built today?

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Could you live in a “super mini house”?

Posted on 16 October 2010 0 comments

Could you live with another person in a home that measured just 15 square metres? That’s the premise for an architecture competition from Waseda university in Japan.

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Sustainable suburbia

Posted on 5 June, 2010 2 comments

The design of suburbs has changed over time. Can we make them less car-centric and more sustainable?

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More studio flat floor plans

Posted on 23 December 2008 5 comments

After my first attempt at designing the floor plan for a studio flat, I’ve had some more thoughts about the designs and created some more layouts.

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The problem of noise

Posted on 27 March 2008 2 comments

We expect privacy and quiet when we’re in our homes, but noise from neighbours can rob us of these feelings.

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Windows and natural light

Posted on 02 March 2008 2 comments

We all want as much natural light as possible in our homes, but new build properties provide very little of it.

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Flats and high density housing

Posted on 09 September 2007 2 comments

High density housing can be achieved through a mixture of different housing types, but high density doesn't necessarily mean high rise.

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Designing your own home

Posted on 14 July 2007 0 comments

The idea of designing a house is something that appeals to many of us. But where to start?

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