Happiness: a blueprint for the sustainable future

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Create Streets Fellow, Sofie Pringle, asks if user happiness can create a more successful neighbourhood. Creating the successful neighbourhood is important, especially in an increasingly urbanising environment. Happiness is a critical component of this. If we could distil the ‘happiness’ feeling that a person experiences in a given space, irrespective of the social activities and […]

Are you in heaven or are you in hell? Are towers good for you?

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Frothy coffees. Funky spaces. Great neighbours. Green rooves. Walking to everything. Watching the sun go down from your exclusive eyrie. To read the PR patter of a hundred sales brochures right now is to realise that high-rise heaven is round the corner and up the lift-shaft. We have learnt, proclaim sleek developers and confident architects, […]

Building Beauty

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Beauty remains a problem for many in design, something that is very difficult to talk about. We have heard esteemed colleagues saying they would not pronounce publicly the word “beauty” because that would damage their reputations as academics and scientists. The same could be said of the word “feeling”. Engaging with these basic, fundamental human […]

Corbyn’s comments on estate regeneration are welcome – but he could go further

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In his speech to the Labour Party Conference, Jeremy Corbyn spoke about the regeneration process, and we at Create Streets very much welcome his comments and approach. “Regeneration”, said Corbyn, was too often “forced gentrification and social cleansing, as private developers move in and tenants and leaseholders are moved out”. This tallies with many examples we […]