1st Edition

Building in Arcadia
The case for well-designed rural development

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ISBN 9781859468968
Published October 9, 2019 by RIBA Publishing
144 Pages

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Book Description

Book Award Finalist for Urban Design Group Awards 2020

Building in Arcadia: The case for well-designed rural development is a reasoned, impassioned and ultimately practical book identifying key barriers to rural development, and how planning applicants (whether householders, developers and landowners), and most particularly their agents who make the applications – architects, landscape architects or planners – can address, and overcome, them.

Focusing on the positive aesthetic role buildings can play in the landscape, and proposing sensitive development, Building in Arcadia also explores the essential economic, social and Environmental case for more building in the countryside to make the countryside more viable. In so doing, it will actively engage, challenge and provoke debate – as well as offering practical ways forward.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Planning Constraints On Countryside Development  1. The English Arcadia  2. Policy  3. Decision-taking  4. Planning for a new development  Part 2: Making The Case For Development  5. Examining perceptions of new development – the survey of English Councillors  6. Case studies  Part 3: A New Approach  7. A new approach to assessment  8. Rural Building Assessment  9. RBA – worked example

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Ruth Reed is an architect and academic with a distinguished reputation in planning issues. is currently a partner at Green Planning Studio Limited, a planning consultancy, who have an enviable record in winning planning appeals.