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Building Beautiful Places

Building Beautiful Places

How policy can incentivise beautiful housing schemes and unlock the building of new homes at the scale required by the housing shortage.

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What do we want from the next Prime Minister?

A series of policy ideas for new leadership. Part 1: Housing, Energy and Environment

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The Economist praises Policy Exchange’s work on Prosperity and Place

“Policy Exchange is doing wonderful work on trying to rethink capitalism in the light of growing concentrations of wealth, and social policy in the light of growing public alienation.”

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Tomorrow’s Places

To address the shortage of homes in and around London, a new government Department for Growth should work with the Mayor of London and partner directly with developers to build 15 new millennial towns in the capital’s commuter belt.

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‘Superb’ Building Beautiful essay collection features in The Times

“Beauty may have been neglected for years, but now decision-makers are moving in the right direction,” says Clare Foges in The Times. She praises Building Beautiful as “a superb collection of essays published… by the think tank Policy Exchange” and mentions contributions from the celebrated Syrian architect and author Marwa Al-Sabouni and Sir Terry Farrell, whose essay (and Times column) argued for a new generation of mansion blocks.

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Announcing Building Beautiful Month

Announcing Building Beautiful Month

We’re delighted to announce that this November will be “Building Beautiful Month” at Policy Exchange, the next stage of our efforts to address the housing crisis, the major domestic policy issue of the day.

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‘Superb’ Building Beautiful essay collection features in The Times

‘Superb’ Building Beautiful essay collection features in The Times

“Beauty may have been neglected for years, but now decision-makers are moving in the right direction,” says Clare Foges in The Times. She praises Building Beautiful as “a superb collection of essays published… by the think tank Policy Exchange” and mentions contributions from the celebrated Syrian architect and author Marwa Al-Sabouni and Sir Terry Farrell, whose essay (and Times column) argued for a new generation of mansion blocks.

Policy Exchange research referenced in Government’s Social Housing Green Paper

Policy Exchange research referenced in Government’s Social Housing Green Paper

Policy Exchange’s latest report on tackling the housing crisis, Building More, Building Beautiful, has been referenced in the Government’s recently published Social Housing Green Paper. As called for in our report, the Green Paper highlights the importance of good design to social housing. It references our research which shows how better quality buildings and public spaces improve people’s quality of life and happiness.

Latest Housing & Planning Events


  • Thursday, 13 June, 2019
    14:00 - 15:00

with Gillian Keegan MP Sir Oliver Letwin MP chaired by Jack Airey Head of Housing, Policy Exchange About the Series What do we want from the next Prime Minister? That is the question at the heart of a major series of events announced by Policy Exchange today. Brexit has increased the number of potential futures for (more…)

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Address:
Policy Exchange, 6th Floor, 8 – 10 Great George St, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AE, United Kingdom


  • Monday, 3 June, 2019
    9:00 - 10:00

Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP gave a speech at Policy Exchange sharing ideas on how to cultivate stronger communities and help people onto the housing ladder, including the possibility of drawing from pension pots for a deposit.


  • Tuesday, 2 April, 2019
    13:30 - 14:30

How can more people be provided a beautiful place to call home? Pioneered by the work of John Ruskin, British Socialists have long had a vision for answering this question. In this panel debate we asked what that vision is today – and how beauty can be for the many, not the few.


  • Monday, 19 November, 2018
    18:00 - 20:30

Architects should “stop being so defensive” and try to design houses that turn Nimbys into Slimbys (“something lovely in my backyard”), said Kit Malthouse MP, Housing Minister, at our Building More, Building Beautiful Conference – which brought together architects, planners, housebuilders politicians and journalists to discuss design and style in housebuilding. He praised Policy Exchange for “seizing the zeitgeist yet again”.


  • Monday, 2 July, 2018
    9:00 - 10:30

The new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government set out his priorities for making the housing market work. In his first speech on housing Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP outlined his vision for strengthening communities and building the homes Britain needs.


  • Thursday, 7 September, 2017
    18:00 - 19:30

A discussion with John Godfrey (Former Director of Policy at No 10), Fraser Nelson (Editor of the Spectator), Terrie Alafat (The Chartered Institute of Housing), Phillip Barnes (Barratt Developments Plc), and Susan Emmett (Head of Policy Exchange’s Housing Unit).

Venue:  

Address:
Lecture Theatre, Institute of Mechanical Engineers, One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London, SW1H 9JJ, United Kingdom

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