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HRF launches the 2nd International Conference in the Excellence in the Home series- From house to home
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From House to Home: Best practice in the creation and running of the home
Catherine McMahon, 6th June 2008

2nd International Conference in the Excellence in the Home series
From House to Home: The Architecture of the Home
London, November 20th & 21st 2008
The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

There is no such thing as living spaces that are value-free. The idea of a home, for instance, conjures up a lot of what is best and most intimate about communal living; it also, unfortunately, can be a concentrated space of brokenness and emotional and actual poverty.

Our aim here at Home Renaissance Foundation is to research into what constitutes best practice in the creation and running of homes in our contemporary Western society. Excellence in the Home – From House to Home is the second international conference we have organised.  It will act as a vibrant forum for professionals from a range of disciplines who will present on some of the key issues in this area. 

Piers Gough, architect and principal of CZWG Architects LLP, will discuss how to combine best practice in home-building with the demands of urban planning.  How can we combine collective necessities – high-density and budget restraints – with unique needs, like the desire for customised solutions and the plurality of lifestyle choices? Alfonso Vegara, architect-planner, will analyse the home’s role in the creation and reproduction of social identities. Charles Handy, a leading management expert, envisions the home of the future as a place where work and living will merge.  He will demonstrate how this challenge, if well-managed, will make the home into the school of life.

These keynote speakers will be followed by other professionals in the conference workshops. A panel of sociologists, ecologists and management professionals will come together to discuss the details involved of effective and responsible home management.

During the conference there will be an exhibition by Elizabeth Handy, photographer, on the topic of the home.

In bringing together interested and committed professionals, the second Excellence in the Home conference will make an authentic contribution to research on houses and homes in the twenty-first century. It is hoped that this research will inform both policy and practice in future.

The conference will be chaired by Bryan Sanderson CBE.

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