Rebuilding Britain

Planning for a Better Future

Hugh Ellis and Kate Henderson

Rebuilding Britain

Hugh Ellis and Kate Henderson

Distributed for Bristol University Press

120 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2014
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781447317593 Published December 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Like many Western nations, Britain faces extraordinary challenges in the twenty-first century, from the effects of climate change to growing inequality and the relentless pressures of the globalized economy. In the face of these issues, Rebuilding Britain asks a simple question: How can Britain organize itself, not just for survival, but in such a way that it can build a fairer, more sustainable society? Challenging a widespread air of defeatism in progressive politics, the authors offer an ambitious, hopeful, yet politically grounded view of the possibilities for a better Britain in the years to come.

PART ONE: We are not a poor nation but we are badly organized
How are we going to live?
Why care about the future?
A forgotten heritage of hope

PART TWO: The lie of the land!
The nature of the challenge
A divided nation
The housing crisis
The climate change challenge
Economic transformation
A disconnected politics

PART THREE: Practical steps to building a better society
A fair and efficient society
Rebuilding Trust
Building the communities we need
Providing a resilient and low-carbon future
Paying for Utopia

PART FOUR: Tomorrow’s pioneers
Utopia on your doorstep
Too Late for Utopia?

Review Quotes
“Loss of ‘strategic planning’ is just one of the disconnects which Hugh Ellis and Kate Henderson point up in this powerful and provocative book, a call to arms to reinvigorate a planning system in crisis.”
NewStart: The Magazine for Making Better Places (UK)
“This is an important book which seeks to recapture, reimagine, and reinstate the social objectives and utopian thinking which are so badly needed in planning, if we are ever to get to grips with challenges that we currently face.”
Housing Studies
“Elegant, pithy, and well-written, the book is not just a passionate case for planning, but a useful summary of the history of the subject in Britain.”
Mitchell J. Silver | commissioner, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
“The twenty-first century introduced emerging challenges Britain and the world has not confronted before. Issues like demographic change, urbanization, and climate change demand new ways to plant for the present and future. Rebuilding Britain will inspire a generation of planners and leaders to think differently and to embrace their role as guardians of our common future.”
Julia Unwin | CEO, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Rebuilding Britain is a thought-provoking, engaging, and accessible way of understanding the choices we face about what kind of country we want to live in and build for future generations. It’s a book which rightly prompts us to act.”
Nick Gallent | University College London
“This is the right book at the right time, providing an eloquent and insightful analysis of the many challenges facing modern Britain. Henderson and Ellis offer an ambitious formula for rebuilding the nation and a convincing restatement of the essential role of planning in that project, when underpinned by foresight and vision.”
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