Published: 10th Aug 2015

When Channel Four aired its news report – ‘why are housing associations failing to build enough homes?’ – I was at a discussion about how a number of major schemes were delivered by Camden in the 1960s. In some ways these were pioneering, innovative schemes, using difficult sites and working within a complex subsidy system, but they were monumental and were delivered with no involvement from potential residents. As they were completed, the new breed of housing associations were emerging; inspired by the recognition that homelessness, squalor and poverty were still the life experience of too many people in our country. These new organisations were trying to address the challenges of uncritical redevelopment, though getting rid of damp, dank and dirty slums should not be criticised too heavily, by improving solid houses to give them another 30 years of useful life. Working from small offices, driven by a conviction that … (To read the full article, subscribe below)