Category Architecture

Home Truths

This is an article that was originally written for The Northern Correspondent  and is reblogged here. From red tops to broadsheets, there is wide agreement that we are amidst a housing crisis. Coupled with regressive austerity policies and welfare reform housing has never been so politically and socially divisive. We are also seeing a rise in increasingly […]

Self-Build IV – The Vernacular: Lammas eco-village

Lammas is a low impact, off grid eco-village in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, consisting of nine smallholdings on 76 acres of land, all self-built by individual families using a range of methods from cob, to standard timber frame homes, to roundhouses – many of which are still in the process of being built. Before visiting Lammas […]

Self-Build III – Self-build for social rent: Hedgehog Co-op and the Segal Method

In Brighton I met architect Robin Hillier from Architype, an architecture firm that has developed and updated the Segal method to exceed current construction standards. Hillier was the architect for the Hedgehog Co-op self-build for rent scheme in Brighton which was initiated in 1996 by four people in housing need, some of whom were travellers […]

Self-build II – The Segal Method in Lewisham

I visited Walter’s Way in Lewisham and met Ian White, a resident there, who was able to give me some good insight into the self-build programme set up by Lewisham council in the 1970s. These projects were first initiated by Walter Segal, Colin Ward and Nicholas Taylor, who secured several council-owned sites for shared (council […]

Self-build I – The Plotlands, Basildon

In need of some ‘self-build inspiration’ I set off looking at various models in England and Wales. What I found was a huge variety of examples – from the individualistic to the communitarian, from shacks and sheds in Essex to roundhouses in Pembrokeshire. Throughout my trip I was always looking for connections to the informal […]

Sustainability in the City of Flux

This is a short paper that was delivered at the symposium ‘Sustainability in the City of Flux’ at Newcastle University in November 2014. The focus for the workshop was how the city can be ever changing, impermanent and in constant flux, whilst also being sustainable. The day before yesterday I was at a book launch […]

Learning from Bathore: “Give me your hand and I will teach you how to build”

  “What kind of house is this,” he said “Where I have come to roam?” “It’s not a house,” said Judas Priest “It’s not a house . . . it’s a home” The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest – Bob Dylan The research I am undertaking in Bathore, Albania is the first part […]