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Climate change and older buildings: here’s your chance to hear a leading authority speak on the subject

Climate change and older buildings: here’s your chance to hear a leading authority speak on the subject

Wednesday 5 February 2020

Essex has a rich and treasured architectural heritage, but how can we make our traditional buildings more energy-efficient in the battle against climate change? One of the leading authorities in the country will be exploring the subject at a meeting hosted by our friends at CPRE Kent next month. John Preston IHBC is heritage chair […] Read more >

‘The government has presided over a decade of disastrous housing design and must raise standards immediately’

‘The government has presided over a decade of disastrous housing design and must raise standards immediately’

Wednesday 29 January 2020

The design of new housing developments in England is overwhelmingly ‘mediocre’ or ‘poor’, with less affluent communities the worst affected, according to a national audit conducted by University College London for CPRE, the countryside charity, and the Place Alliance. A housing design audit for England reveals that 75 per cent of new housing development should […] Read more >

Red, white and grey… a standardised national landscape

Red, white and grey… a standardised national landscape

Wednesday 21 November 2018

This is the second blog that Ben Nourse, a graduate researcher working with the Cambridge Design Research Studio and studying to become a Master of Architecture in Urban Design, is sharing with CPRE Essex.    In 1955, Ian Nairn famously coined the phrase ‘subtopia’, a term referring to the suburban monotonisation of English landscapes. Architectural critic […] Read more >