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Cook's Camden : the making of modern housing

Author: Mark Swenarton
Publisher: London : Lund Humphries, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
The housing projects built in Camden in the 1960s and 1970s when Sydney Cook was borough architect are widely regarded as the most important urban housing built in the UK in the past 100 years. The schemes - which included Alexandra Road, Branch Hill, Fleet Road, Highgate New Town and Maiden Lane - set out a model of street-based housing that continues to command interest and admiration from architects to this day.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Swenarton
ISBN: 1848222041 9781848222045
OCLC Number: 1008527088
Description: 312 pages
Contents: Foreword; Preface; Chapter 1:Introduction; Chapter 2: Sydney Cook at Camden: geared to producing ideas, withthe emphasis on youth; Chapter 3: Developing a new format for urban housing:Neave Brown and Fleet Road; Chapter 4: Creating a piece of city: Neave Brown atAlexandra Road; Chapter 5: A city on a hill: Peter Tabori at Highgate New Town;Chapter 6: Class war in Hampstead: the battle of Branch Hill; Chapter 7: Thepoetics of housing: Benson and Forsyth at Branch Hill; Chapter 8: Gospel Oak:from Powell & Moya to Benson and Forsyth; Chapter 9: Only connect: Bensonand Forsyth at Maiden Lane; Chapter 10: Urban dentistry: Edward Cullinan andColquhoun & Miller; Chapter 11: Politics versus architecture: the AlexandraRoad public enquiry of 1978-81; Chapter 12: Conclusion: Cook's Camden today;Appendix 1: `Sydney Cook as I knew him': recollections by Neave Brown, FrankDobson, John Green, Martin Morton and Peter Tabori; Appendix 2: Neave Brown,'The form of housing' (1967); Appendix 3: Cook's Camden A-Z; Cook's Camden Map;Abbreviations; Notes; Index
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In the 1960s and 1970s, a team of leading architects established a new type of collective housing in the London Borough of Camden. In place of tower blocks, they created a high-density, low-rise  Read more...


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'Superb' -- Edwin Heathcote * Financial Times * 'Definitive' -- Douglas Murphy * Architecture Today * 'Groundbreaking...a landmark work' -- Dr Alistair Fair * Planning Perspectives *

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