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· Amy Glover

RIBA Research Trust Award

Appropriate Housing: A land partnering model to deliver good homes as places to stay and play

One of our partners, Philip Graham, has been awarded £8,000 by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to support his research into a land partnering model to deliver appropriate housing.

The RIBA Research Trust Awards are offered annually to support independent architectural research.

Philip’s proposal was borne out of the critical agenda of cross-practice, multi-disciplinary group – ‘Appropriate Housing’ – of which he is a founding member. With architectural, economic, sustainability and building services expertise, the group is developing research-led alternatives to the speculative debt vehicle that housing has increasingly become. Stephen Hill (board member of the UK Cohousing Network) has agreed to supervise the project.

Below is an outline of the research proposal:

Architects have learned to operate at the margins of an industry re-wired to build investment products. We have joined planners, policy-makers, landowners, local authorities, homeowners and families as another perceived obstacle to unbridled production. A more appropriate alternative exists in this proposal.

Founded on the shared interests and frustrations of a small group of individuals from five practices spanning architecture, real estate and services engineering, a group has formed to consider a third, replicable way to deliver more appropriate housing – neither developer-led nor subsidised by local authorities.

This research project will run alongside three live case studies, each testing uniquely collaborative organisational and contractual structures for bringing together landowners, community land trusts (CLTs), residents and designers.

The objective will be to test the CLT model and the architect-as-enabler role that we seek to define through this project.

The outcome will be to turn home-buyers into stakeholders, landowners into land stewards, architects into enablers and developments into better places to play and stay.

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More information regarding the RIBA Research Trust Award can be found on the RIBA website.

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