Picture of model of urban architecture

Open Access research that is exploring the innovative potential of sustainable design solutions in architecture and urban planning...

Strathprints makes available scholarly Open Access content by researchers in the Department of Architecture based within the Faculty of Engineering.

Research activity at Architecture explores a wide variety of significant research areas within architecture and the built environment. Among these is the better exploitation of innovative construction technologies and ICT to optimise 'total building performance', as well as reduce waste and environmental impact. Sustainable architectural and urban design is an important component of this. To this end, the Cluster for Research in Design and Sustainability (CRiDS) focuses its research energies towards developing resilient responses to the social, environmental and economic challenges associated with urbanism and cities, in both the developed and developing world.

Explore all the Open Access research of the Department of Architecture. Or explore all of Strathclyde's Open Access research...

The numbers game - 99

Howieson, Stirling (2007) The numbers game - 99. Scotregen, Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum, 40 (winter). p. 12.

Full text not available in this repository. Request a copy from the Strathclyde author

Abstract

The superstructure of any given society – in this case the regeneration of our built environment - is determined by its economic base; the means of production, distribution and exchange. In an ideal free market unburdened by engineered scarcity and knowledge imbalances, capital can respond in a highly flexible and dynamic way to fulfill ‘market demands’. When the price of a commodity equals the marginal cost, plus the average rate of profit, the new breed of neo-classical economist will claim that we have ‘efficiency’ and ‘truth’. Enviable qualities in our world of waste and spin.