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#housingestates: your great housing guide

The playground at Sheffield's Park Hill estate
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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.

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To celebrate its publication, this week the AJ is sharing key essays and viewpoints from Exemplary Housing Estate Regeneration in Europe online.

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

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  • A very nice summary of housing for the poor, but why not consider hosing for the working classes differently, eg Saltaire, Pullman and Bourneville ? You might even consider that the first 'estates' in England were Bath and Regent Street, built for the rich, I believe.

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