resources

A curated list of research, reports and essays to support building better places and communities.

Building in Beauty - Cost and Value

Knight Frank was commissioned by Her Majesty’s Government of Great Britain’s Building Better Building Beautiful Commission to research the challenges facing landowners and to identify whether there is an added commercial or other value, and to what extent, in considering beauty and quality in new housing.

Hugh Petter, Director of ADAM Architecture and ADAM Urbanism, commented on the research reports that, “This is one of the most significant contributions to the debate about the housing crisis, placemaking and value published in recent years.  It is an exceptional piece of work and should be required reading for everyone involved in the built environment.   It is more rounded in its view than any previous review of this subject, and we must hope now that the Government listens carefully to the advice that Charlie Dugdale and his colleagues at Knight Frank have laid out with such clarity.

We only have one chance to get things right, and this report provides a solid foundation that can be built upon, but if only everyone digests the evidence and then works together to overcome the issues which are many and various.”

Find the two reports compiled below:

Cost and Value: identifying the cost and value of well-designed development schemes  –  Knight Frank analyses the challenges that landowners face in delivering high-quality housing and makes recommendations to mitigate those challenges.

Building in Beauty: how to increase the design quality of schemes through the development process –  Knight Frank looks at new housing developments from around the United Kingdom to identify if there is added value in cases where schemes are developed with quality as an explicit aim. The report also looks at value beyond the housing itself.

With thanks to ADAM Architecture

Placemaking: A Patient Approach to Creating Communities

ADAM Architecture and Farrer & Co have sponsored an industry report that raises questions and highlights schemes where developers and land-owners have taken a quality-led approach to property development, leaving a legacy in the communities they are building and ultimately driving up capital values.

“What are modern, successful Community Developments and what can we learn from them as we seek to create better places?”

“The UK’s housing crisis is about more than just supply and demand. In a world that is evolving fast, it is also about the need for homes that reflect a changing society. This report explores how adopting a patient approach to placemaking can:
• create beautiful places for people to live
• deliver a higher volume of affordable homes
• benefit the local economy
• benefit the public purse
• be positive for the environment
• generate a higher return on investment”

The research was conducted by Future Places Studio

Download a pdf copy of the report here.

With thanks to ADAM Architecture

Tomorrow's Home: Emerging Social Trends and Their Impact on the Built Environment

“ADAM Urbanism and Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential property company, have published their research “Tomorrow’s Home”. This wide-ranging and comprehensive publication looks into emerging social trends in the 18 to 34 age group in England and Wales and how these will impact on the built environment. The research was conducted by Lily Bernheimer from Space Works Consulting.

“Covering topics from employment and tenure to travel and leisure, the report reveals how technology, education, wealth and personal relationships are changing the lifestyles of the up-and-coming generation. This age group, the ‘Millennials’, represent 25% of the population and their needs and wants are bound to have a profound impact on the built environment in the near future.

“As part of a number of significant findings, the report identifies a new ‘individual collectivism’, where city living, sharing and renting are on the increase; ‘downloadable lifestyles’, where the new generation will demand increased facilities in cities and smaller towns, ‘mega/micro commuting’, where new working conditions are already changing travel patterns; and suggests that we are seeing ‘the end of the dormitory suburb’. All this will lead to ‘new housing ladders’ which will transform our towns, cities and countryside.”

Read more and view an Executive Summary

With thanks to ADAM Architecture

Describing Trends in Urban Design

Research carried out by Claire Jamieson and Professor Robert Adam for ADAM Urbanism.

“This research project, originally intended to discover recent and emerging trends, begins with an attempt to develop a vocabulary and descriptive methodology. It has the capacity to be a stand-alone study that could have wider applications across the master planning and urban design disciplines.”

Published in URBAN DESIGN International, Identifying trends in master planning: A typological classification system.

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With thanks to ADAM Architecture

YouGov Survey Results Show That People Prefer Traditional Rather Than Contemporary Buildings

Research carried out by Claire Jamieson and Professor Robert Adam for ADAM Urbanism.

“This research project, originally intended to discover recent and emerging trends, begins with an attempt to develop a vocabulary and descriptive methodology. It has the capacity to be a stand-alone study that could have wider applications across the master planning and urban design disciplines.”

Published in URBAN DESIGN International, Identifying trends in master planning: A typological classification system.



With thanks to ADAM Architecture

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