what drives us?
the more integrated a community - socially, ethnically and economically - the more likely its success
local character is determined by the cumulative effect of people’s experiences of a place and we destroy this social fabric at our peril
rapid turnover and displacement destroy cohesion and are causes of a failing community
ft'work is gradually building a resource, including research papers, newspaper articles, opinion pieces and links to other organisations. Let us know of things to add
ft’work was founded by architect Clare Richards. Following a career making social interest documentaries, she trained as an architect believing that she could help transform the living conditions she had witnessed. She discovered that architecture schools don’t teach you about the social purpose of design, so spent an extended period researching both the history of place-making and the factors that determine whether communities thrive or fail. In Happy Communities (RIBA President’s Dissertation Medal 2010) she explains that good design alone does not have a transformative effect on people’s lives; to create communities when we build places, social needs must first be recognised and addressed. She has worked extensively on community-based projects, leading consultations and collaborative design. ft’work has been a Patron of the London Festival of Architecture for the past 3 years and is a regular contributor to New London Architecture’s ideas and research initiatives. Initially prepared in response to the New London Plan consultation, ft’work has recently launched a set of social design principles.
would you like to download these principles as a pdf?