1st Edition

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

ISBN 9781859466315
Published May 16, 2017 by RIBA Publishing
320 Pages

USD $72.95

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.