City Crit: Modern Lambeth Housing

City Crit: Modern Lambeth Housing


The AF is pleased to restart its tour programme with a new addition to the popular Modern Housing series. This new tour showcases Lambeth’s unique modernist heritage, covering iconic projects in Kennington, Camberwell, Brixton and Herne Hill. The tour follows the tracks of Edward Hollamby from his early days at the London County Council to his appointment as Lambeth Borough Architect where his revolutionary leadership left a rich legacy of ambitious housing typologies.

The walk will be led by architectural practitioners Oliver Carter and Florence Fathers, and will show how shifting social and political attitudes can be readily seen in the borough’s uniquely varied public housing which is now once again at the centre of debates on the future of our cities. Starting at the Cotton Gardens Estate one of Hollamby First projects as Borough Architect the tour will cover different approaches to housing delivery by a variety of architects in the following decades and conclude with a discussion of pioneering high-density low-rise schemes, such as Cressingham Gardens. The tour will celebrate Lambeth’s often overlooked architecture department which was an early champion of women architects and helped produce a built environment which housed all people within one of London’s most diverse boroughs. 

In line with current social distancing advice, this small size-group tour will be conducted using audio sharing with all participants invited to listen while maintaining two metres distance from people outside their household. Please bring a smart phone and headphones. Masks are optional but kindly encouraged for everyone’s safety.  

11am-1:30pm, Saturday 13 September 2020

Meeting Point: Meet outside Pret a Manger in Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SQ

Tickets: £20// AF Members and Supporters can use their code for 20% discount


Tour Guides:

Oliver Carter

Oliver Carter works at Gort Scott as part of a team designing housing for Croydon’s council-owned Brick by Brick development company. He has also worked freelance with Practice Architecture on schemes which include reusing existing infrastructure and developing a hempcrete building product. Alongside his interest in local authority housing provisions, Carter is a big fan of natural buildings systems. His final year study involved the design and construction of a low carbon studio which was awarded the AJ Small Projects award for sustainability. 

Florence Fathers

Florence Fathers completed her architecture postgraduate studies at The Cass where her final thesis focussed on civic architecture, the reuse of existing building stock, and the revitalization of under-invested town centres in Stoke-on-Trent. Prior to this, Fathers’ research centred on alternative forms housing approaches and developing proposals centred around children. Fathers currently works at Gort Scott.