The Conservation of National Assurances

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Above: an example of presenteeism in the office

This morning the publication of the ‘Thriving at Work’ report, commissioned by Theresa May, revealed the material impact that mental health is having on the British economy (up to £99 billion)*. Although the evaluation of the cost impact, over the experiential impact, embodies current consumerist attitudes towards personal suffering, It couldn’t have come at more relevant time.

Alongside the impact to the British economy, our mental health has a huge impact on the finite life of the individual and the continuing life of society.

With the rise of secular society, loss of spiritual and community benefits, and the collapse of the welfare state (along with all its assurances), collective anxiety is at an all time high.

Without a narrative or collective identity to which we belong, I am intending to conserve a lost sense of national assurance, with which we used to find in cultural, institutional and government authorities.

Eleanor C.Hill

*Thriving at Work: a review of mental health and employers. (26th October 2017). Department for Work and Pensions and Department of Health.

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A symbiosis model of a relation between landowner, developer and client is proposed where the site is still in the hands of an original owner and becomes a base **Money Factory – Superland** containing local businesses and production whose potential clients (new residents) are brought to the site by the developer.

The Value of Land(fill)

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House prices across the UK continue to rise at a rate above inflation, making traditional forms of development less feasible unless supported by government initiatives such as the help to buy scheme.

One of the key causes of increased  house prices in the UK, is the price of land available for development . With government planning policies such as the Metropolitan Green Belt constraining the growth of urban areas, brownfield sites become increasingly sought after for development purposes.

Landfill operator, SITA  realizing this, propose a radical solution to Guildford Borough Council. Housing on the ultimate brown field site, landfill. Albury Landfill Site becomes Albury Sands a new housing enclave living off waste from other towns.

The graph shown explores two different models around which development could occur.

1. Immediate remediation of the site allowing for short term returns but loss in potential mineral extraction from the site over it’s lifetime.

2. Long term remediation through the construction and utilization of the development as a remediation process. Allowing SITA to profit from both the housing and mineral extraction from the site over the next 50-60 years.