City Crit: Modern Camden Housing, April 2020
This new walk takes participants through the London Borough of Camden, formed from the historic boroughs of St Pancras, Holborn and Hampstead. We will see the products of the experimental 1960s and 70s, under the leadership and drive of borough architect Sydney Cook and (not without tension) director of planning Bruno Schlaffenberg.
North west London has been a laboratory for radical housing experiments since the early 19th century. Emerging from this exciting landscape came Local Authority architects critical of the post war modernist point and slab block ('mixed') developments and energised by the challenge of building low-rise, high-density estates. Not without criticism, the social housing they built during this period has become some of the most iconic 20th century housing in the world.
Leading the tour will be Aidan Hall and Rosalind Peebles, both practicing architects armed with the skills to bring this debate into the present day. Within a climate of an accommodation crisis in London, rising homelessness and with the number of flats recently surpassing the number of houses (a gap set to increasingly widen), these precedents have never been more pertinent.
11:00am, Sunday, 19 April 2020
01:30pm, Sunday, 19 April 2020
We will meet outside Archway underground station
Aidan Hall is a co-founder and director of OKRA studio CIC where he leads community, arts and low-cost housing projects, with a keen interest in adaptability and generosity at a low cost. He is a visiting lecturer and tutor of architecture at the Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins and the Sir John Cass School of Architecture and Design and has written for Blueprint’s Design Curial. He has led walking tours for the Architecture Foundation since summer 2017.
Rosalind Peebles is interested in the social responsibility of Architecture, specifically focussing on housing in London. Her research has focused on exploring alternative housing typologies and investigating the balance between economy and generosity when approaching housing design. She has recently joined Whitman Wilde Architects from RCKa where she focused on housing and community oriented projects. She has led tours for the Architecture Foundation since Summer 2018.