Published: 25th Sep 2015

In 1961, Sir William Parker Morris published Homes for Today and Tomorrow, this became the guide to building new social homes over the next two decades. Just as it is said that much of sociology is a debate with the ghost of Marx, much of the current debate about housing standards is couched in their relationship to ideas set out in 1961. Over the last almost 60 years the way people live has changed, the technology we have in our homes was inconceivable in the post war years, the size and structure of households has evolved and people live longer with many more active years after retirement. The way that homes are designed perhaps has not kept up with these changes: there is a mismatch between what is available and what people aspire to. One of the points of challenge when the shortfall in the number of homes compared to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)