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Alastair Parvin
Systems designer. CEO Open Systems Lab. , Plan✕, . 00
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Alastair Parvin Sep 22
This is why the argument that ‘scrapping the planning system will solve the housing crisis’ is wrong. Planning systems don’t cause Land scarcity, they just manage it (more or less well!)
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Alastair Parvin Sep 22
lots of earth ≠ lots of land Land that is miles away from infrastructure, jobs, schools, policing etc has little or no value.
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Alastair Parvin Sep 22
(IMO this video by + team remains one of the best explanations of housing crisis ever. HK has such a direct, exaggerated model of land rent extraction that it helps us understand our own, more complex, versions of the same basic system more clearly.)
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Alastair Parvin Sep 22
Replying to @chezcorbay
My understanding is that Hong Kong does the ‘rent =privatised tax’ thing *very* directly. Landlords lease is time-limited, so they will build and get renting (taxing) quick, not play the speculation game. But it may still happen. 👉🏻
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Alastair Parvin Sep 21
All goes back to land.
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Hanna Wheatley Sep 20
🚨 My latest analysis of the government's shambolic public land sale policy: only 6% homes built on sold off land since 2011 will be genuinely affordable social rent. Over HALF of sites analysed had NO SOCIAL HOUSING AT ALL 🚨 1/4
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Obligation Value Sep 19
Thread: The YIMBY vs NIMBY positioning of the housing debate is bad because it protects the interests of landowners. The key point is the primary interest of any rentier is to conceal the unfair advantage.
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Paul Downey Sep 19
"planner's intelligence > artificial intelligence" – demonstrating PlanX at PlanTech week
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Devon Sep 18
Now, the average new home size in SF is 28% smaller than it was in the 1910s! h/t for this astounding graphic
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Jack Minchella Sep 19
We built this city on...
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Ed Parkes Sep 19
Breath of fresh air from next up at . Getting to core of key blockers to innovation being financialisation and vested interests especially in terms of land ownership. Loads of great insights.
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Alastair Parvin Sep 17
Replying to @martynrevans
I knew *someone* would point this out...:)
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Simon Kuestenmacher Sep 16
Here is a new version of the geo-linguistic map of the words for tea. Essentially, if you received your first tea by sea you call it a version of "tea" is you received tea initially by land you call it a version of "chai". Source:
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Andy Reeve Sep 16
“Most of us no longer believe that the society we are in is basically just or fair, let alone feeling like we are part of something greater than ourselves” — 
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Jack Minchella Sep 16
So much *this* from "overlapping institutions of community governance...could mend rents in the civic fabric and alleviate frustration with out-of-touch elites" A paper-based government could never do this.
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Helen Lawrence Sep 16
"It is not enough to just ‘call out’ nationalists or protest against them. We have to outperform them; to put them out of business" A New Social Contract by
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The Economist Sep 15
Managing resources as commons could reduce concentrations of wealth and power, without losing economic efficiency
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Helen Mountfield Sep 15
“Every time a politician casts doubt on the legitimacy of Parliament because it does not represent ‘the voice of the people’ we can smell the whiff of eternal fascism” - Umberto Eco “Il fascismo eterno” (1995).
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Hazel Sheffield Sep 15
“In the 21st century post/industrial economy, many aspects of the original social contract simply no longer make sense. They belong to an industrial world that no longer exists.” Looking forward to parts 2, 3 and 4 of this.
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Tim Robinson Sep 15
This is bloody good. Compulsory reading.
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