100 Mile City

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.

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2 thoughts on “100 Mile City

  1. joan says:

    His new development in Newham, McGrath Road, is five minutes walk from my house and I’ve occasionally popped round to see how the building works are progressing. It’s really nice. http://www.peterbarberarchitects.com/mews-housing-east-london/ I know that one of my daughter’s teachers was hoping to get one of the houses. I don’t know if he was successful but it would be a great spot for a young family with a key worker parent.

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