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CABE on-line report People and Places: Public Attitudes to Beauty
Article Type: News from the net From: Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Volume 22, Issue 3
New research in Britain shows that eight out of ten people think everyone should be able to experience beauty on a regular basis. The findings form part of a project called “People and places”, commissioned by CABE in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Launched shortly before the Government’s new planning bill, it explores how to get people interested and involved in shaping the quality of the place where they live. In the nationwide survey conducted by Ipsos MORI, people were asked about beauty and the built environment: how important beauty is to them; where they experience it most often; who they think is responsible for it; and whether they think there is enough beauty in their area.
MORI made a set of films in Sheffield to build up a detailed understanding of how beauty is understood and experienced by the city’s many communities. The research reveals that people have time for beauty and strong views on what should be done. Only 12 per cent of people are too busy to notice beauty in their area. More than half of the lower income group thought there was not enough beauty in their area. 44 per cent of people think councils have more responsibility than anyone else for ensuring the built environment is beautiful.
The report is available at: www.cabe.org.uk/publications/people-and-places-essays