Our new book, Exemplary Housing Estate Regeneration in Europe is timely and essential reading
Issued with your latest print edition of the AJ, Exemplary Housing Estate Regeneration in Europe showcases exemplar projects throughout Europe alongside work in London. It also features essays by Architecture Foundation director Ellis Woodman and Landscapes of Communism author Owen Hatherley and an introduction by legendary Park Hill architect Ivor Smith.
It comes at a time when housing has become a central issue in British politics and is in need of the kind of clear thinking embodied in the book’s content. Projects from continental Europe are used to explore contemporary thinking in the sector, from Denmark to Belgium and France, from Will Arets to S333 and Lacaton and Vassal. These are arranged in chapters centred on urban form, infill and densification and remodelling, and feature the architects’ own descriptions of their projects and are illustrated with plans, sections and details throughout.
There are other voices contained within as well, those of the residents and the clients. Taken together, it makes for a compelling document that we hope you will refer to for years to come.
To celebrate its publication, this week the AJ is sharing key essays and viewpoints from Exemplary Housing Estate Regeneration in Europe online.
- On Tuesday, Ivor Smith asks, ‘What makes a house a home?’
- On Wednesday, AJ’s critic-at-large Ellis Woodman argues in favour of ‘Improvement over replacement’
- On Thursday, Owen Hatherley, in his essay ‘Strange Days’ considers the future of urban housing provision
- On Friday, Ellis Woodman interviews Paul Karakusevic. Plus: Viewpoints from Hackney Council Estate Regeneration Team and Sarah Robbins, Residents Association, Bacton Low-Rise Estate.
You can download the whole book as a PDF, here.
Or you can read the book online as a digital page-turner, here.
Exemplary Housing Estate Regeneration in Europe was produced in association with Karakusevic Carson Architects