I happened to notice on Twitter that the Design Museum’s exhibition, 100 Mile City, was due to close today. It’s a topic I’m interested in: how one designs humane social housing; and I’ve admired the way that Peter Barber approaches the task in an intelligent way, through drawing:-
He is influenced (not surprisingly) by the work of Alvaro Siza (the Quinta da Malagueira), makes models, and was responsible for Beveridge Mews at the back of Stepney Green:-
He’s not afraid of castellation and brick, but uses materials in a creative, rather than historical way. Donnybrook Quarter looks better in photographs than in reality because the tail end of the Roman Road doesn’t necessarily lend itself to a kasbah, but it’s still much more interesting than most contemporary housing.