Introducing policy and governance
The policy and governance of the built environment in the UK, based on the spatiality of the Industrial Revolution, tends to separate dwelling from workplace. Four primary areas of policy and governance in the UK are potentially punitive to home-based workers. This often leads to otherwise respectable, tax-paying members of the community engaging in home-based work covertly.
Parallel areas of policy and governance in Japan do not provide obstacles to the development of these dual-use buildings. As a consequence the workhome is generally hidden in the UK, while it is a celebrated building type in Japan