Social Housing

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In search of some engaging subject matter I walked around Elephant and Castle and the Heygate Estate today. Lend Lease is involved in a huge development and regeneration project which will see most, if not all, of Heygate demolished. This link, that takes you to Lend Lease’s website , offers an overview and outlines the scope of the development. While this link, that takes you to a substantial blog about Southwark regeneration, offers an opposing assessment of the works.

There are some strong feelings on both sides of the issue, and I do think that the estate and surrounding area needs significant updating where its buildings are concerned, but demolishing such a tremendous set of buildings can’t be the perfect solution. “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” -Jane Jacobs.

Have Lend Lease done their due diligence and designed a project that will offer diversity? Or is this a project fueled by commercial interest alone?

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Tower Blocks Of London

The Tower Blocks of London was a project I started to compare residential towers, that had been built for the purpose of social housing, at twenty or more stories. Currently some are still being used by councils for housing schemes and some are mixed social and private housing and one is completely privately owned. These buildings are quite controversial and have been as ostracized in the media as they are in their physical urban landscape.