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New year, new hope?

Our housing might actually get better.

Rowan Moore, in this week’s Observer, outlines a utopian version of the future of housing. Utopias are easy of course – dreaming costs nothing. But what Moore argues is encouraging – that the seeds of a great future are actually sown in the innovations of today.

He makes the important point that no one solution, despite what its promoters may argue, will fit all and that what we need is a combination of these initiatives, giving variety and choice to – let’s not call them consumers but inhabitants. And that while most of this could be bottom up, it also requires a will from the top down – from Government.

Will it happen? Who knows? But, in the dark and the rain, with so much gloom both actual and metaphorical, it is great to see some hope.

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