Construction and Human Development

  • Duration 03h
  • Last Update 12 July 2020


The built environment has a unique role to play in social mobility – not only do we construct the buildings, transport systems and environmental networks that allow people to explore opportunities, but the construction industry also has a broad spectrum of roles, disciplines, skills and possibilities for everyone. The UN’s Human Development Index maps the development of countries based on the capability of their population, and much of this development and national policy choices relates to issues that the built environment can address – poverty, inequality, health and human security. Regeneration of existing buildings, places and spaces can keep local identity without simply building new structures, but often this regeneration can price out the original communities that live there.

Equal access to the key components of human development – healthcare, education, commerce, culture, leisure and opportunity – becomes clearer when we look at areas and regions rather than simply individual buildings and projects. Educational spaces have the potential to improve learning outcomes and increase the capabilities of local populations. Technology provides powerful tools to help us check and regulate the distribution of access to places and spaces that stimulate human development. 

Some human development clients include local and national governments, developers, education providers and communities. Roles in human development include Quantity Surveying, Construction Project Management, Building Regulations and Architecture and you’ll find out more about these during your work experience. By completing this module you will start to develop some of the skills needed for these roles and develop a clearer picture of whether this area of construction is right for you.

In this virtual work experience theme you’ll be looking at Positive Learning Environments, Urban Regeneration and Deprivation.

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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.

Extra Information about Construction and Human Development – optional

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?

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