The project’s study of equality and wellbeing in Spinoza’s philosophy informs our research into contemporary affordable housing design in the UK. We will be exploring how these ideas translate into the design of space, health, and environment – for example, with reference to recent professional and social policy and guidance – as well as economic structures such as debt and mortgages.

Our work is being developed through consultation with our Advisory Group. These experts in designing affordable housing include architectural and urban designers, charities and policy units, housing associations, planners and historians.

Recent UK professional architectural concern with wellbeing has focused on the need for affordable and sustainable social housing. However, current debates about the link between social wellbeing and housing have identified the issue of reduction in the proportion of space allocated to wellbeing standards in new-build proscar 5 mg housing schemes and the need for the built environment professions to tackle these issues. Professionals’ responses have included the Interim London Housing Guide (2012), the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) 2011 Case for Space Report, and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and the Homes and Communities’ Agency (HCA) 2009 survey on affordable housing design. Nevertheless, changes to housing regulation, including the recent introduction of the ‘bedroom tax’, and increasingly strong commercial pressure for quantity in housing stock at affordable costs over the past 25 years, have encouraged commercial developers to ignore evidence that high-quality standards of living space aid the wellbeing (including the physical and psychological health) of individuals and communities that were previously protected by planning and design building regulations during the 1960s-70s (Parker Morris Report, 1961).

Housing Design Diary