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Uncertainty

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During the boom years the number of homes being built was still a fraction of what was needed. The current recession has reduced still further the number of new homes being built and houses remain expensive and unaffordable to many. Over-borrowing and cheap credit have left many homeowners in trouble. Large areas earmarked for new development are on hold, awaiting economic turnaround to bring them back to life.

 

However, recessions can be an opportunity to take stock - positive change has often emerged in times of crisis. So it is worth asking:

 

  • What lesson can we draw from history?
  • Are there any firm conclusions we can come to about the quality of design?
  • Has housing got better?
  • Are new houses and flats as good as the homes we built in the past?
  • Do technological changes influence the way we use our homes?
  • What changes would you implement to improve the area where you live?
  • What does home mean to you?

 

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