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Alsop to star in Ugly House television series

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Architects including Will Alsop are to star in a new television programme showing how ‘ugly’, characterless, everyday houses can be transformed into ‘dream homes’

Hosted by George Clark, the ‘radical’ six-part series for Channel 4 hopes to prove how ‘great architecture [can] transform undervalued and unloved British housing stock into exciting spaces in which to live’.

The teams will be given around £50,000 to re-imagine the ‘eyesore’ homes in the show - provisionally called Ugly House - which is expected to be broadcast in the autumn.

Alsop will be joined by Maurice Shapero, Greg Blee of Blee Halligan Architects, Laura Clark, Edward Lipton of Lipton Plant and Jo-anne Cowen of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ offshoot Jo Cowen Architects.

Cowen said: ‘There is a lot of ordinary in the UK - architects could play a real role in rejuvenating this kind of building stock rather than the unsustainable alternative of knocking it down and starting again.’

Channel 4 proposes to put all the plans and details from the series on its website so others ‘can draw inspiration from the six great architects in the series, to create their own imaginative homes’.

According to the show’s production team, betty and Amazing Productions, the series will give the architects the chance to give back and work on domestic projects with small budgets like they did in the early days of their careers.

All the plans and details from the series will available on Channel4.com so viewers ‘can draw inspiration [and] create their own imaginative homes’.

Clarke said: ‘Phenomenal architecture and design should be available to everyone and this show will hopefully bring it to the masses, showing us how we can turn our unloved houses into beautiful homes.’

Commissioning editor, Kate Teckman, addd: ‘Our ambition is to blow the doors off the design potential of ‘ordinary’ British housing and make people fall in love with the home they can afford and not waste their lives dreaming about the ones they can’t.’

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