On Monday we build - Contextual statement
Green spaces are a vital component in the fight against climate change where they absorb large quantities of harmful co2. prevent urban sprawl and cities from expanding exponentially and cool the inner-city temperatures (‘urban heat island’ affect,) which are higher due to reflective, impervious surfaces, such as concrete gardens and drives.
In addition and perhaps more importantly, these spaces help us unwind, support our exercise regimes, alleviate stress and provide children with much needed locations to be free and form friendships and connections to nature. CPRE highlights how the pandemic has increased appreciation for green spaces as more people are becoming aware of their importance. A number of scientific scholarly articles have proven that urban green spaces and residential greenery, can promote mental and physical health, reduce morbidity and mortality in urban residents by intrinsically providing psychological relaxation and stress alleviation, stimulating social cohesion, supporting physical activity, and reducing exposure to air pollutants
Green space the size of Cornwall lost to development since 1990
In a recent proposal, the national planning policy framework deemed inappropriate development by definition, harmful to the green belt and should not be approved except in very special circumstances. However, in an annual report conducted by the countryside charity studies found that there are currently over quarter of a million proposed homes to be built on greenfield sites across the UK.
Currently there are over 1.3 million acres of brownfield sites throughout the U.K which provide no environmental benefit to our planet and 300 thousand vacant homes.
The threat is at an unprecedented level and land hungry developers are jeopardizing delicate urban and city ecosystems in favour of large cash sum incentives. These demands for new build housing estates are said to be driven by an ever-growing population and capitalist society. Developers are purported to be targeting a younger demographic and first-time buyers, yet, recent research suggests that 40% of people aged 25-34 can’t afford to buy one of the cheapest homes in their area, even with a 10% deposit. As a result, many of these new builds remain dormant whilst the damage to the green landscape is irreparable.
New green belt housing applications push total to a record 460,000
Through a number of collaborations, I shall examine and respond to these threats working with those directly affected with the removal of these spaces. The project confronts the legitimacy of the decision makers and opens up an historic dialogue that explores and addresses the trajectory of this disastrous and destructive governmental paradigm. Henri Lefebvre suggests that nature provides resources and a creative activity on the part of social humanity (Lefebvre, H. The production of space.1991) These interventions are there for imperative to allow people to continue to engage with these natural spaces and protect the delicate urban environment that surrounds them.