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At the start of Britain's most ambitious housebuilding programme for a generation, housing minister Yvette Cooper talks about the balance between quantity and ecological quality, eco-towns—and magic wallpaper

By Rowan Moore   141

Rowan Moore: Housing is now higher up the British political agenda than it has been for a very long time. The government believes that an awful lot of houses have to be built very quickly, and the question this raises is: does this mean we will go back to the instruments that were used in the past, such as new towns, planning from the centre, major public investment in creating settlements at a large scale? Are we going back to the 1950s and 1960s?

Yvette Cooper: We need a very significant increase in housebuilding. Over the last 30 years of…

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