Building Our Future

Nicholas Boys Smith | Building beautiful, building better

February 24, 2020 Bert Broadhead
Building Our Future
Nicholas Boys Smith | Building beautiful, building better
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Building Our Future
Nicholas Boys Smith | Building beautiful, building better
Feb 24, 2020
Bert Broadhead

Nicholas Boys-Smith left a job in banking to set up Create Streets, a research institute that supports "community-led regeneration" and prioritises high-density, low-rise buildings over tower blocks. He is a Commissioner of Historic England, a senior research fellow at the University of Buckingham, a Fellow at the Legatum Institute and an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism. 

In this podcast:

  1. Why are beautiful buildings important?
  2. How do we measure beauty in the built environment?
  3. What are the key findings from the UK government-commissioned report: “Living with Beauty” , to help deliver heath, well-being and sustainable growth to developments?
  4. What role do bureaucratic frameworks play in creating better places, not just more places?
  5. Does technology have a role is building beautiful?
  6. Is a mass-tree planting movement a good idea, in the context of better urban design?

Nicholas’s favourite place is Gold Hill in Shaftesbury; made famous by Hovis but loved for its statement of design overcoming seemingly impossible natural challenges.

His recommended book is Mental Health and the Built Environment: More Than Bricks And Mortar?, David Halpern

His technology to watch out for is modular building for its potential to bring back craftsmanship and individuality into building and design.

Show Notes

Nicholas Boys-Smith left a job in banking to set up Create Streets, a research institute that supports "community-led regeneration" and prioritises high-density, low-rise buildings over tower blocks. He is a Commissioner of Historic England, a senior research fellow at the University of Buckingham, a Fellow at the Legatum Institute and an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism. 

In this podcast:

  1. Why are beautiful buildings important?
  2. How do we measure beauty in the built environment?
  3. What are the key findings from the UK government-commissioned report: “Living with Beauty” , to help deliver heath, well-being and sustainable growth to developments?
  4. What role do bureaucratic frameworks play in creating better places, not just more places?
  5. Does technology have a role is building beautiful?
  6. Is a mass-tree planting movement a good idea, in the context of better urban design?

Nicholas’s favourite place is Gold Hill in Shaftesbury; made famous by Hovis but loved for its statement of design overcoming seemingly impossible natural challenges.

His recommended book is Mental Health and the Built Environment: More Than Bricks And Mortar?, David Halpern

His technology to watch out for is modular building for its potential to bring back craftsmanship and individuality into building and design.