How to do it: the toolkit
In February 2014, we published a toolkit to help developers and planners apply the idea of social sustainability in practice.
It offers a structured approach to placemaking and a way to test the social impact of the places you create. It tries to encourage a shift in mindset away from thinking mostly about physical development to thinking more broadly and creatively about what makes a place somewhere great to live.
What's it like to live there
The framework has now been tested on many different developments in a range of settings. It has also been applied at different stages of the development process; pre-planning, during the development process and afterwards to assess the quality of what has been delivered.
Berkeley has published six reports examining specific sites, measuring people's quality of life and comparing it to other similar places. This helps us understand what has worked, and what could be done better. The insights can inform our subsequent work, as well as the national policy agenda of delivering successful, sustainable places.