RIBA Case for Space Document – review of response

The RIBA document can be downloaded here (and is also attached to this post) and has some very interesting statistics included within it.  When the report came out there was quite a lot of reaction to this, not all of it positive.  I have added some links below to some newspapers that covered this to illustrate some of this coverage.  A member of the RIBA Housing group resigned but I can’t see how trying to get house builders to create better buildings is a bad thing, it is very clear that the majority are very poor in design, construction and, it appears, size.

Daily Mail

The Guardian

BBC

The Telegraph

Construction Manager

Guardian
(Article on housing generally)

RIBA findings:

Based on our sample, the average new home in England is only 92% of the

recommended minimum size.

The average one bedroom home from our sample of 1,159 homes across 41 sites is 46 sqm. It is 4 sqm short of the recommended minimum for a single storey, one bedroom home for two residents.

4 sqm is just a number. But in lifestyle terms it means…

The equivalent of a single bed, a bedside table and a dressing table with a stool.

3 sqm is the equivalent of a 3 seat sofa and a desk and chair.

4 sqm is the space that allows you to work at home at the computer in the day and also

have an extra sofa when you’ve got friends round in the evening. 4 sqm might not sound like

much but it could make everyday life a lot more comfortable.

The average three bedroom home from our sample of 3,418 homes across 71 sites is 88 sqm. It is 8 sqm short of the recommended minimum for a two storey, three bedroom home for five residents.

8 sqm is just a number. But in lifestyle terms it means…

The equivalent of a single bedroom and the furniture you’d expect to fit comfortably within it. 7 sqm is the equivalent of a galley kitchen and a coffee table.

8 sqm is the single bedroom you’re missing. It’s the space for a new arrival to the family, the

space that means the kids have a room of their own or a spare room for a guest to stay over.

It’s the space that could take the kitchen out of the lounge and the sounds and smells that go with it.

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