Course Content
Welcome to Construction and Human Development. In this theme, you will learn about the power of the built environment to improve education levels, reduce poverty and strengthen communities.
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Construction and Poverty & Deprivation
Fuel poverty can be caused by buildings that are inefficient and expensive to heat, causing families to spend a significant amount on energy bills to stay warm. How can construction solve this problem?
Construction and Education
The design of schools and classrooms can increase educational attainment by up to 15% according to studies. How can construction create these high-achieving schools?
Construction and Regeneration
How do we repair our failing High Streets and make them attractive to visitors again? As a central hub for the community, how can construction be part of the regeneration that benefits neighbourhoods and residents?
Construction and Human Development
About Lesson


Neglected space that exists in most cities might be found at the base of a high-rise tower or unused row of shops away from pedestrian movement, often between the commercial and residential areas. Many local high streets across the UK are struggling with this neglect as shoppers choose larger retail stores, or shop online. We are working with a large developer who wants to regenerate the local High Street and attract people back. However, they know that simply adding more shops won’t solve the problem. We need to address this neglected space and consider restructuring the urban outdoor space or the public realm to reshape this urban centre for the local community. 

There is a term called the Third Place. The third place refers to social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home and the workplace. So “first place” is the home and those that one lives with. The “second place” is the workplace — where people may actually spend most of their time. Third places are”anchors of community life and facilitate broader, more creative interaction. All societies already have informal meeting places; what is new in modern times is seeking them out as vital to current societal needs. Some hallmarks of a true “third place” are that it is free or inexpensive, it is highly accessible: and it involves regulars – those who habitually congregate there.

I have a task that needs completing, and I’d really like your help.

I would like you to design a questionnaire for residents regarding the regeneration of their High Street using the Third Place concept. If shops are not the primary reason for people to visit the High Street, what else would they like to see there, now and in the future?

I’ve included the resources you need to complete the task, including documents, images, videos and templates. They should give you plenty of ideas and information.

Follow the instructions, and when you’re ready, complete your task. All this should take you about 45 minutes.

When you’re finished with your task, you can learn more about the employers, job roles and projects in this area of construction.

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