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Ten Mansion Blocks that Shook the Universe (or, at least London)

The Architecture Foundation's 100 Day Studio, 2020

The introduction of ‘flat living’ in 19th-century London was a response to an acute housing, social, and health crisis and was driving force in urban generation, the debate on tall buildings, changes in the production of housing as an investment vehicle, the liberation of women, co-housing and co-living movements, live-work developments, the delivery of affordable housing, and council-led housing; themes that might sound a bit familiar today. The talk focuses on ten mansion blocks that served as catalysts for or embodiments of fundamental changes within the urban form, housing provision, mass housing development model, and social movements, representing key moments in the transformational development of London which made it the modern London we know today.


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