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How architecture shapes society

  • by JW

“We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us,” said Winston Churchill…


… He was right; our surroundings can make us healthier and less likely to drop litter, enhance our beauty, decrease our perception of pain and enable us to solve puzzles more quickly.

How architecture shapes our cities – and our lives |


A lively discussion took place on these themes earlier this week, on Radio 3:

How architecture shapes society |


Here’s an interesting book on the subject:

The Shaping of Us: How Everyday Spaces Structure Our Lives, Behavior, and Well-Being


These ideas were fundamental to the putting together of the Place Analysis for the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan:

The second part of the Plan is an extensive Place Analysis commissioned by the Steering Group which contains design guidance for developers of any new housing or of refurbishments of existing buildings. This design guidance would apply for instance to any proposals that come forward for the Drill Hall at Port Royal.

Sid Valley Place Analysis |


Three years ago, “representatives from a cross-section of the community took part in a Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan workshop at Kennaway House to help shape the future of the parish“:

Final drive to gather community opinion to help shape future of Sid Valley |


The Vision Group is planning with other organisations for a follow-up workshop later this year as part of its Sidmouth 2020 project.