The prospects for new council housing and new estates are good. But how do we avoid the problems of the past and create new affordable housing to buy or rent in liveable neighbourhoods? Can we make sure people have the opportunity to live good lives side-by-side when even some playgrounds are segregated in new developments? What’s the role of architects and developers, as well as councils?
Alice Brownfield (Peter Barber Architects) looks at the lessons of some of their ground-breaking urban social housing and homelessness projects); Victor da Cunha (Curo) looks at how they are helping to build new affordable and council houses and communities in Bristol; Andrew Dobbs (Wilmott Dixon) looks at the new communities being created in Bristol at Ashton Rise; and Kate Henderson (National Housing Federation) looks at ensuring the right conditions for new communities. It is introduced by John Savage (Business West), who talks about growing up in a council flat in London after the war. Jenny Lacey chairs.
Please note: Andrew Dobbs has replaced John Boughton (Willmott Dixon).
This event is part of Homes for Heroes 100, a year-long programme run by Bristol City Council, Festival of Ideas and Bristol Cultural Development Partnership in association with Hillfields Homes for Heroes (Local Learning CIC), Knowle West Media Centre, Sea Mills 100 and the Architecture Centre. It marks the centenary of the Addison Act, which introduced the modern council estate, and looks at the past, present and future of council housing. Activity is taking place across Bristol, especially in Hillfields, Sea Mills and Knowle West, and includes community projects, history projects, walking tours, exhibitions, new books and art works. It is funded by Arts Council England, Bristol City Council, Historic England (through their Heritage Schools Initiative) and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Image credit: Miles Tewson
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