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The value of good design: how buildings and spaces create economic and social value

Design Evaluation Public spaces Cost effectiveness United Kingdom
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This short document has a very simple aim. It draws together key research from the UK and abroad to show that investment in good design generates economic and social value. Collectively the studies provide evidence of the value of design in the areas of: • Healthcare • Educational environments • Housing • Civic pride and cultural activity • Business • Crime prevention

All of the examples listed prove that design matters because our lives are connected through our common built environment. Across all sectors and building types the message is the same – when we invest in the built environment, we must consider the impact of design throughout the lifetime of the buildings, on the places in which they are located and on all stakeholders involved. The vast majority of a building’s costs and benefits can be expressed in terms of the impact upon its occupiers, users and passers by.

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