Some Beautiful Concrete and Steel Houses in the Countryside for Dowden and Gove to Enjoy

Whilst I dont think, because of their embodied energy cost, concreate and steel have much future, Its just architecturally ignorant to say a whole category of material is ugly. It all depends on color and texture (for example corten steel, and pigmented concrete) and how they interplay with the landscape. In any event concrete and steel are rarely used as the primary material in rural areas. Indeed if houses like these were more Common England would be more beautiful. Next post on wood – the future.

By the way concrete can be a net zero material what its made from carbon capture.

Gove (and Boris’s) New Casual Approach to Housing Supply will Get Them to End of Next Week But Perhaps Not Even to Xmas

The briefing coming out of number 10 is they are more relaxed about housing supply and tax changes (to buy to let) are a bigger factor.

So is housing more affordable.

Errr stagflation, higher interest rates coming to fight inflation and boost collapsing pound.

That equals high mortagage payments, lower real wages with inflation means a crisis in affordbility.

A crisis in affordability means mortgage defiles.

Equals a prick to a housing market whose boom conditions were caused by a shortage in supply.

A bust leads to debt deflation.

Treasury panics and seeks to boost supply side and blames Britain’s unique house price volatility on its uniquely discretionary and complex planning system.

Round the loop again.

Seems a political line to get through conference week and might not survive till xmas.

Well we do now know Turkeys vote for Boris.