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Why Patrik Schumacher is wrong about housing


Paul Finch provides a reasonable critical response to Schumacher's arguably naive interpretation of the housing crisis. It is a response limited by it's length, and presumably by the time made available to write the article within the economic constraints of his weekly column. Nonetheless it is a valuable critical view - when such views are in short supply, both in politics and architectural journalism. Society is facing an unprecedented crisis regarding housing supply and cost, and capitalism is the root cause not the solution. As a profession, architects need to lead and be part of the solution, and this can begin in schools of architecture which promote scholarship and intelligent analysis over fantasy and "fetishistic form making". Affordable homes and social housing are not the responsibility of the private sector house builders - nor should they be. As Paul Finch points out in the relatively recent past of the late 1970's we not only did not have a housing crisis but we also had some world leading social housing designed by leading local authority housing departments such as the GLA and Camden Council. Fantasy pronouncements, such as Schumacher's, are not going to improve the situation for either the profession of the wider public - but informed, intelligent debate, led by leading schools of architecture may just begin to turn the tide. Chris Roche / 11.04 Architects

Posted date

2 May, 2018

Posted time

10:28 am


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