In this issue
Issue 63 ▪ August 2021
Social value has become an increasingly important measure of success for many design-build projects, particularly with the rise of mixed-use developments. In this issue, we explore ways in which architects and planners can integrate social value into their designs and why it should be part of every project.
We speak to Walters & Cohen Architects about their approach to social value, particularly in the consultation process for new education buildings, and hear from humanitarian architecture practice Article 25 how the needs of local residents can be considered from all angles when designing community projects in the developing world and elsewhere.
With the Covid-19 pandemic causing a shift away from city centres, we explore how the trend of working from home will impact future requirements for mixed-use developments in smaller town centres and on high streets. We also check out innovative designs that illustrate how getting a mixed-use building right can positively impact the surrounding community.
And, four years on from the Grenfell tower fire in London that killed 72 people and highlighted major issues with residential building safety in the UK, we find out how government and industry have responded to improve safety regulations and best practice in planning and construction.
Susanne Hauner, publisher