'Building beautiful, building better' at UCL East


We are delighted that UCL (University College London) at Here East hosted our second round table on housing this summer, with Professor Yolande Barnes, Chair of the Bartlett Real Estate Institute and advisor to the government's 'Building Beautiful, Building Better' Commission. Steve Cole, Head of Strategy at Clarion Housing Group, Steven Butterworth, Senior Director at planning consultancy Lichfields, and low energy architecture expert Mark Elton, Director at Cowan Architects also took part.

Our discussions looked forward to the Commission's December 2019 report and reflected on the themes of the interim report – ‘Creating Space for Beauty’ published in July. A debate took place about the report's emphasis on the word 'beauty' and why this was a helpful word to concentrate on when trying to raise the standard of housing design and place.

Professor Yolande Barnes commented:

'The word beauty is useful as it opens debate beyond the usual architectural critiques to discuss how the whole place (neighbourhood and city) works. You have to think beyond the boundaries of a building. We have to look at how do we design land a