The Community Vision Event delivered by MELA for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government highlighted the importance of ensuring we are not just building housing but also building neighbourhoods and communities. As more people are feeling isolated, lonely and socially excluded, it is critical we understand how design can support more sociable places. The four Community Vision Statements created by the diverse households who attended the event focus on:
1. Build Communities
2. Build Neighbourhoods
3. Build Quality Homes to Last
4. Build Connections Between Places
The places we build have to be more than places where we sleep, and must start with considering the social infrastructure and diverse needs of the UK’s population.