1st Edition

Mobilising Housing Histories Learning from London's Past for a Sustainable Future

By Peter Guillery, David Kroll Copyright 2017
    320 Pages
    by RIBA Publishing

    The problem of creating affordable, adequate housing for a growing population is not a new one. This book, for anyone with a professional or personal interest in improving housing provision everywhere, aims to inspire by offering in-depth studies of London's housing past and seeks to provide sustainable solutions for the future by linking to wider contemporary historical and social contexts.

    This book will influence today’s housing debates through showcasing lessons from the past and highlights examples that inform the present. The buildings assessed in these case studies will be measured in terms of their longevity, sustained popularity, livability, average densities and productivity.

    The research and case studies from the book provide an invaluable resource for academics of architecture, urban design, sociology, history and geography as well as professionals, policy makers and journalists.

    1. Urban Design in Victorian London: The Minet Estate in Lambeth 1870 to c. 1910

    David Kroll 

    2. Miles of Silly Little Dirty Houses: The Lessons of Victorian Battersea 

    Colin Thom 

    3. Renewable Principles in H A Darbishire's Peabody Estates 1864-1885 

    Irina Davidovici  

    4. Residential Flats: Densification in Victorian and Early 20th-Century London 

    Richard Dennis 

    5. South Acton Unsustained 

    Peter Guillery 

    6. High Social Housing in London c.1940-1970 

    Simon Pepper 

    7. ‘We felt magnificent being up there’: Ernő Goldfinger's Balfron Tower and the campaign to keep it public  

    David Roberts 

    8. Out-of-Sync Estates 

    Ben Campkin 

    9. Gentrification: The Case of Canonbury 

    Tanis Hinchcliffe 

    10. Victorian Houses: Recent Approaches to Sustainable Retrofit 

    Sofie Pelsmakers and David Kroll


    Peter Guillery is an architectural historian and editor for the Survey of London, the topographical series founded in 1894, now part of the Bartlett School of Architecture. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and serves on the committees of the Centre for Metropolitan History and the London Journal.

    David Kroll is an architect with experience in professional practice, academic teaching and research. He is a lecturer in architecture at the University of South Australia and has held lecturing positions at the University of East London, University of Kent and Anglia Ruskin University.