Archinect - News 2017-08-19T07:35:02-04:00 Stock bricks to Brutalism: housing design in Poplar Andrew Parnell 2016-04-08T05:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T09:25:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The East End of London has been associated with many things: the &ldquo;cockney&rdquo; sense of humour; colourful criminals; waves of immigration; and poverty. Not many people associate it with architecture. But it was in Poplar in the south eastern corner of the East End that I chose to do <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">my architectural guided walk</a>, called Stock Bricks to Brutalism: Housing Design History in Poplar. The reasons can be found in the great regeneration of the area&rsquo;s housing that took place in the twentieth century to address the problems of overcrowding, dilapidation, poor sanitation and bomb damage.</p><p>In this one locality, Poplar, you can trace the progression of social housing design from the end of the First World War through to the early 1980s &ndash; the days of high volume <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">council housebuilding</a> in the UK &ndash; from blocks of flats of the 1920s, 1930s and 1950s built using &ldquo;stock brick&rdquo; (London&rsquo;s traditional building material made from the clay on which the city stands) to 1960s and 1970s tower and slab blocks built i...</p> Rowan Moore on the seemingly erratic decision-making in historic preservation Alexander Walter 2015-08-26T12:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T13:08:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These are confusing times in the business of protecting the country&rsquo;s architectural heritage. [...] Recently, two large modernist buildings were up for consideration for listing: the British Library in St Pancras, and an East End council estate, Robin Hood Gardens. Both have been controversial [...] Yet the library has been granted the immortality of a Grade I listing, while the estate has been denied recognition and is set to be demolished.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens Set For Demolition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Postmodern No 1 Poultry divides architects in debate over recent heritage</a></li></ul> Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate Alexander Walter 2015-06-23T18:12:00-04:00 >2015-06-28T07:45:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Lord Rogers launched a campaign to save one of London&rsquo;s most notorious housing estates from demolition, he was adamant that it was a desirable place to live. [...] It is a claim he may regret. Unhappy residents of the estate have challenged the peer to be true to his word and swap his &pound;12 million Chelsea townhouse for a few nights in one of their blighted flats.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens Set For Demolition</a></p> Robin Hood Gardens Set For Demolition Archinect 2012-03-27T12:08:00-04:00 >2012-03-27T12:08:28-04:00 <img src="" width="625" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For all its Brutalist charm and rigid adherence to the now-outmoded &lsquo;streets in the sky&rsquo; concept, Robin Hood Gardens was an easy target for those who call architects hypocrites eager to champion crumbling estates they wouldn&rsquo;t dare live in themselves. Many of the current residents can&rsquo;t wait to be rid of it: a consultation in 2008 found that over 75% supported its demolition.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>