Moving research into practice: embedding social values in the design process

This vision for including place-based social values in built environment work is a work in progress.

We see a clear opportunity to support designers to create better places by making social value place-based and connected to design and planning and to local communities.

We are seeking to support design teams to embed social values into the design process of the built environment. After ten years of place-based research, we still see a clear gap in the capacity of the architecture and urban design sector to integrate social value goals throughout the design, engagement, procurement, construction and management of making places. The consequence of this is that new places fail to meet the everyday needs of their residents and people who use the area, damaging their wellbeing, health and quality of life.

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