What future for social housing?

During the past 100 years the vast majority of new housing in Britain was built by local authorities, with mixed success. The influence of changing architectural movements together with varied budgets dictated the design of these homes.

Ian Colquhoun, architect, town planner and author of the RIBA Book of British Housing, gives a brief overview of some of the most significant housing projects built for low-income people.

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Music -

Vaughan Williams - A Pastoral Symphony No3, Molto moderato and Arnold Schoenberg - Verklarte Nacht For String Orchestra, courtesy BBC Music.

Karlheinz Stockhausen - Etude Concrete, 1952, and Edgard Varese - Poeme Electronique, 1958, courtesy El Records.

Cabaret Voltaire - The Set Up, courtesy Mute.

The Jam - Strange Town, courtesy Universal.

Slideshow photography and production by Emma Lynch. Publication date July 2011.


RIBA Book of British Housing

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