November 3rd, 2012
November 1st, 2012
“It became clear to me that high security was especially a feature of very poor and very wealthy areas, a visual marker and reflection in the landscape of our sharply widening inequality.”
Still available here -> fourthought.mp3 <- Right click and Save As.
Here’s Anna Minton writing in the Guardian on the day before her Radio 4 talk:-
Will Hutton put forward a similar point of view in an article about fairness for the Observer in September 2010.
“Ever more sophisticated CCTV policing the fortresses of the rich and the desolate housing estates of the disadvantaged has become the iconic social intervention of the age.”
November 1st, 2012
UPDATE: Keep an eye on future events UCLUSAVECARPENTERS
Last night I had the pleasure of attending a talk organised by the UCL Student Union about the future of the Carpenters Estate in Stratford, East London. By the start time of 1800 the lecture theatre was more or less full. Present were a majority of students, a few lecturers and three members of UCL management on the front row (including Andrew Grainger, Director, UCL Estates) both to see what they were up against (of which more later) and to answer the inevitable questions.
A write up by Michael Edwards is available here:-
and my own notes from the evening are available below.
February 19th, 2012
UTOPIA LONDON – This film will change the way you see your city
Tuesday 6th March 1900hrs – Tate South Lambeth Library
Followed by a discussion with architects George Finch (Brixton Rec, Cotton Gardens and Lambeth Towers) and Kate Macintosh (Dawson’s Heights) and the film’s director Tom Cordell
180 South Lambeth Road SW8 1QP (10 min walk from either Vauxhall or Stockwell stations)
Refreshments from 1900, screening starts at 1930
November 26th, 2011
Maxwell Hutchinson analyses the rebuilding of post-war Britain through unique and exclusive archive interviews on the 50th anniversary of the emblematic Parkhill Flats.
An excellent programme from the series Archive on 4 of which the history of Park Hill flats in Sheffield formed the backbone, while finding time to branch off and talk about Robin Hood Gardens in East London, and the World’s End Chelsea, all against a background of the whole post war reconstruction effort.
October 27th, 2011
I’m making this film available, it’s 320×180 and a 85Mb download. Please right click and Save As, do not simply left click the link, the download is likely to fail with a frozen browser on your screen, and consume unnecessary bandwidth.
This excellent half-hour film takes a considered look at the fate of Modernist concrete council estates focusing on Park Hill in Sheffield and includes a great deal of archive footage.
October 19th, 2011
August 27th, 2011
City of Towers is a two hour documentary made by Christopher Booker for the BBC, first broadcast in 1979 and a master class in the history of Modernism that covers its birth from ideas first put forward by Antonio Sant’Elia, Auguste Perret and Le Corbusier in the early part of the Twentieth Century . . .
. . . to its fall from grace in the latter part of the same century when its supposed beneficiaries, the people who had to live in the concrete blocks that followed the Modernist model, rebelled, and it came to be seen for what it truly was, a failed philosophy.
August 26th, 2011
Footnotes (by blog author while writing it up)
“Under a perpetual blanket of smoke”
Ebenezer Howard – Letchworth. The Garden City 1903
Tony Garnier – What is a city for – zoning 1904
Skyscrapers early years of C20th
H.G.Wells – The Sleeper Awakes 1898 – London in 2100
Italian futurists – machines
Antonio Sant’Elia – A manifesto of a futurist architecture 1914
Russian Revolution – large buildings, skyscrapers from communism
Manhattan skyline – skyscrapers from capitalists
Germany – Mies van der Roe & Walter Gropius
August Perret – City of Towers – early 1920s
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret – Le Corbusier (crow like) – early 1920s
“Towards a new architecture” – Corbusier – 1923
“The City of Tomorrow” – Corbusier – 1925
This stupendous vision – an entirely new kind of society
Fritz Lang – Metropolis “as the most appalling nightmare” – 1920s
CIAM – avant garde architects on a Mediterranean cruise in 1933
August 18th, 2011
On a grey and overcast day coming on to rain I viewed the béton brut of Thamesmead and perhaps these were the ideal conditions to view a form of construction that has fallen from favour in housing.
Photo set on Flickr of Thamesmead South
A film about the development from 1970 Thamesmead and Plumstead Marshes on film