Design codes, opportunity space and marketability of new housing

Adams, D. , Croudace, R. and Tiesdell, S. (2011) Design codes, opportunity space and marketability of new housing. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 38(2), pp. 289-306. (doi: 10.1068/b36055)

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This paper is about state — market relations in speculative housebuilding, with specific reference to the means by which higher quality design can be achieved in new residential developments. Applying the concept of opportunity space, we investigate the extent to which form-based/design codes change developers' opportunity space both in absolute terms and vis-à-vis the opportunity space of designers. We interrogate this using evidence from a major design-coded residential development in the southeast of England, drawing on interviews with housebuilders. We conclude that design codes have the potential to transform the market context for new housebuilding, but that the typical housebuilder has yet to be convinced of their business advantages.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tiesdell, Dr Steven and Croudace, Mr Robert and Adams, Professor David
Authors: Adams, D., Croudace, R., and Tiesdell, S.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design
ISSN (Online):1472-3417
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 SAGE Publications
First Published:First published in Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 38(2):289-306
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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