This book addresses the need for an in-depth study into design quality in new housing. The wider implications of policy and design are examined through a series of case studies of new housing projects in the UK and the Netherlands.
Dutch interdisciplinary design and modern methods of construction are widely considered to be of the highest quality from which much can be learned and understood. This new guide offers architects the best practice for the design, policy and construction of new homes. The author considers proposals for the Thames Gateway and government incentives to create better quality housing, including the £60,000 house and design reviews. The wider implications of skills and training of architects, planners, design professionals and those parties involved in housing are also addressed.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Design Quality in the Netherlands 1. Design Quality in Dutch Housing 2. Case Studies of New Housing in the Netherlands Part 2: Design Quality in the United Kingdom 3. Design Quality in Housing in the United Kingdom 4. Case Studies of New Housing in the UK 5. Low and High-Rise Doll's Houses and Dan Dare Steel and Glass Towers? Design Quality in the Thames Gateway Part 3: Learning from the Netherlands, Design Quality in New Housing in the UK and the Netherlands 6. Findings and Recommendations of Design Quality in the UK and in the Netherlands
Matthew Cousins is a registered architect and member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.