City Crit: Alexandra Road with Douglas Murphy
City Crit: Alexandra Road with Douglas Murphy

City Crit: Alexandra Road with Douglas Murphy


Join writer, architect and local resident Douglas Murphy for a tour of the Grade II* listed Alexandra Road estate in Swiss Cottage, Camden. Take a tour of Neave Brown’s extraordinary Alexandra and Ainsworth estate, constructed as public housing between 1972 and 1978 on a challenging constrained by the busy West Coast Main Line to the north.

Arranged as a series of three parallel East-West blocks bounded by Boundary Road, Loudoun Road and Abbey Road – the development features an enormous pair of rowed terraces which create a continuous pedestrian walkway, known as Rowley Way.

Murphy’s tour will explore the surrounding environs and delve into the unique details of this exemplar high-density public housing scheme, accessing the well-preserved original interiors of several apartments.

**AF Members and Supporters can use their codes to receive 20% discount**


11:00am, Saturday, 24 August 2019


1:30pm, Saturday, 24 August 2019


Meet outside Ye Olde Swiss Cottage pub, 98 Finchley Rd, London NW3 5EL


Douglas Murphy is a writer and architect. He is the author of the books ‘Last Futures’ and ‘The Architecture of Failure’. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art, and is currently ‘architecture correspondent’ at Icon magazine, as well as writing for a wide range of publications on architecture, fine art and photography.

He has taught and lectured at Oxford University, UCL, The Royal College of Art, The Architectural Association, ETH Zurich, Historical Materialism Conference, The London Art Fair and London Design Festival among others, and has appeared on BBC Radio and Frieze TV.