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Can the house building industry create a sense of community? A critique of four residential development models.

Clarke, R.; (2004) Can the house building industry create a sense of community? A critique of four residential development models. Masters thesis , University of London. Green open access

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This thesis examines the ability and capacity of the house building industry to create a sense of community and looks at what barriers exist to prevent the effective delivery of a sense of community in new residential communities. In tackling this I have concentrated on four residential development models that all claim to create a sense of community. These include Cohousing, the Common Interest Development, the Gated Community and finally the Smart Community. These models sought to examine three key questions: How successful has the House Building Industry been in creating a genuine sense of community What are the barriers to the House Building Industry in creating a genuine sense of community What are the barriers to the House Building Industry in delivering and implementing the four residential models This examines how conducive the House Building Industry is to innovation and the community concept and suggests that there are conflicting priorities between creating a sense of community and practical deliverability. The findings suggest that the House Building Industry have not yet achieved significant success due to the lack of community participation, for though the Industry might well have the capacity to support strong community feeling, it does not and can not create it. The thesis concludes that the House Building Industry, within the four models, achieved some success in creating a sense of community but that there are three major barriers to the delivery of a genuine sense of community; cultural, institutional and economic. The thesis will go on to suggest that the barriers to delivering a sense of community do not just exist within the House Building Industry but are also within consumer attitudes and culture and within the constraints of the British Planning system.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Can the house building industry create a sense of community? A critique of four residential development models.
Identifier: PQ ETD:602847
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by Proquest
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1446902
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