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Living in Wonderland: Urban development and placemaking by David Twohig

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In developed countries there is a tendency to consider homes as investment commodities, with the focus on capital appreciation. While this is important, in many contemporary developments it can compromise the quality of housing and the concept of a cherished home.

The physical nature of the buildings we live in is the next vital aspect of liveable places. What are the positives, what are the shortcomings and how might we evolve the contemporary home in the future? These questions also feed into the issue of the facilities offered in new-build developments and how we can strike a balance between the serviced lifestyle on the one hand, and the prevalence of isolated, self-contained compounds – damaging the urban fabric of our wider cities – on ...

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