With thanks to Front Row on BBC Radio 4 this evening I am pleased to note that the RIBA are holding a season about the home with a number of events including exhibitions, film and talks.  Details below.

Home Season

Explore the past, present and future of the home with a brand new RIBA exhibition accompanied by a series of talks, screenings and events at 66 Portland Place and elsewhere. The season compliments HomeWise, the RIBA’s national campaign to improve the quality of the nation’s newbuild housing.

The exhibition is reviewed here by a fellow blogger:-

A place to call home exhibition

UPDATE: I wandered along there the other day stealing time off from more serious matters in order to browse the library and see the exhibition.  I quite enjoyed it.  Some good reminders of well known housing schemes.  I enjoyed the “five classes of Victorian terrace”.  Ours is third class I’m happy to report, which could be worse.

They are in fact graded rather than classed, depending on the number of bedrooms and amount of garden (if any).  Some nice models of streets borrowed from Northumbria University helped to liven it up, and all the usual suspects are represented including a shot of Southmere Lake in Thamesmead.

Sarah Beeny takes us through the history of housing from several hundred years ago to the present day, by no means concentrating on the modernist estates. They are given their due place in history but not made the main event.  Well worth a look if you’re in the area.

This is the record of a live blog conducted by Su Butcher of http://www.justpractising.com/riba-housing-2011/ at the RIBA Housing Conference at Robinson College

Reconvening for a Question time Panel:

John Lefever Hastoe HA,
Peter Studdert of Peter Studdert Planning,
Harry Rich, Chair of panel and CEO of RIBA (http://twitter.com/harryprich)
Glen Richardson of Cambridge City Council
Alex Ely of Mae Architects (http://twitter.com/alexely)
Thursday October 13, 2011 4:23 Su Butcher

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This is the record of a live blog conducted by Su Butcher of http://www.justpractising.com/riba-housing-2011/ at the RIBA Housing Conference at Robinson College

Creative housing development solutions – Richard Owers, NRAP Architects and Simon Payne, Cambridge City Council

Workshop speakers : Richard Owers of NRAP Architects and Glen Richardson
Thursday October 13, 2011 2:56 Su Butcher

The Workshop on how architects and planners can influence volume house builders to meet the needs and desires of the next generation.

Audience is about 1/3 non-architects.
Thursday October 13, 2011 2:57 Su Butcher

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This is the record of a live blog conducted by Su Butcher of http://www.justpractising.com/riba-housing-2011/ at the RIBA Housing Conference at Robinson College.

The next presentation is by Alex Ely http://twitter.com/alexely
Thursday October 13, 2011 11:48 Su Butcher

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This is the record of a live blog conducted by Su Butcher of http://www.justpractising.com/riba-housing-2011/ at the RIBA Housing Conference at Robinson College.

Anna Minton is going to talk about her work with the RIBA on a report on the future delivery of housing – ‘Homes Fit for a New Century’.

She’s going to talk a bit about the historic legacy, but also solutions for the future. This is a work in progress so please get in touch with her if issues raised here prompt you to want to be involved.
Thursday October 13, 2011 11:10 Su Butcher

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Last week the RIBA published their report on small homes entitled The Case for Space making a perfectly rational and objective argument that British new homes are the smallest in Europe and ought to be larger.

The above is for illustration only and not intended as an example of a small flat

Judging by the hysterical reaction of the house builders and two leading people in the industry you would think the RIBA had somehow shot themselves in the foot.

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Pullman Court Streatham

September 19th, 2011

Sunday afternoon, the 159 from Brixton tube station and a 15 minute bus ride takes you to the bus garage beside which stands Pullman Court.

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At the end of a busy week photographing housing schemes in London I found myself in a wet and crowded Camden Town standing on the bank of a canal, brolly wedged under one arm, digital camera precariously balanced in the other hand and trying to avoid fast moving bicycles threatening to knock me into the canal.

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Highpoint 1 Highgate

August 20th, 2011

During a week in London while looking at Lubetkin’s buildings this one came round on a rather soggy Saturday afternoon, the large ribbon windows proving a delight in the face of modern housing design that prefers to keeps its owners in the dark.

From Here to Modernity – Part One

More photos at my Flickr page:-

http://www.flickr.com/photos/singleaspect/sets/72157627430102967/

Modern Architecture has photos and floor plans here:-

http://modernarchitecturelondon.com/pages/highpoint.php

Architects Journal Buildings Library

http://www.ajbuildingslibrary.co.uk/projects/display/id/2902

Branch Hill Hampstead

August 20th, 2011

Built on a slope in the grounds of a large house, Branch Hill is Maiden Lane in miniature, albeit less tatty and with wealthier residents.  Both “by the great Scottish Corbusian architects Benson and Forsyth” – Douglas Murphy

I couldn’t help being reminded of my own past where a college was built on a sloping site in the 1970s in the grounds of a stately home.  It must have been the pattern of the time, to make the best use of available land.

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