Beware the buzzword: how can community engagement actually improve housing?

GCHU Intern and BA Chinese Studies student Rebecca Gardner investigates how the UK’s housing crisis, extending beyond supply shortages to encompass monocultural estates and the pitfalls of community engagement, necessitates a nuanced approach, proposing Regional Building Hubs as a potential solution to empower communities, foster collaboration with small-medium sized builders, and address the multifaceted challenges inhibiting effective participation in housing planning.

Regional building material hubs: embedding viable circularity in the construction sector in the UK

GCHU Intern and DPhil Sustainable Urban Development candidate Yaseen Raad discusses the UK construction industry’s waste challenge, advocating for circular economy principles and the establishment of circularity hubs to promote resource exchange and awareness for sustainable urban development.

ENACT 15mC – New project launched on the 15 minute city

Dr Juliet Carpenter introduces the ENACT 15mC project, funded by UKRI through the EU’s Driving Urban Transitions programme, it aims to transform urban public spaces by experimenting with different approaches to support the ’15 minute city’ concept, focusing on walkability, proximity, and quality of life in local neighborhoods.