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The Office of National Statistics has revealed that the number of households in England and Wales living in caravans or other temporary or mobile structures has risen by 19,000 in the past decade. Home ownership is falling and since 2001, the number of households renting has more than doubled. Across large areas of the UK, including in Manchester, Bath, Nottingham, Cardiff, Brighton, and Exeter, average rents are now unaffordable. Tiny homes, which are factory-built and shaped to a lorry’s dimensions so that they can pass under road bridges, are becoming more popular among people who can't afford to buy a house or pay the high rents.
"The NHS is having its worst winter in recent memory with strikes, record ambulance and A&E waiting times, and fears of excess deaths caused by delays in treatment. What hope is there for improvement in 2023?"
Tongji University's College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) hosted the Global Dean's Forum on 15 December 2022, where 13 deans and heads of departments from major architecture schools discussed the future of architecture education. The event, themed "Design Education in a Transformational World" was led by Rossana Hu and Wang Lan, the heads of Tongji University's architecture department and the college's vice dean respectively. The forum featured speeches from deans and professors from Asia, Europe, and North and South America, discussing. The talks are now available to stream online. The event was part of the 70th-anniversary celebrations of CAUP, which is one of the leading architecture schools in China and made history for running its first architecture masters, doctoral and postdoctoral programs.
"With concern about the climate crisis rising in prominence, sustainable design and development has been a major buzzword in recent years, growing from a niche sector in the 70s and 80s to become a mainstream concept considered to be the future of building."