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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

  “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 […]

“The foundation of the city: a net which serves as passage and as support.”  Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   An article on my research published in Saturday’s Mapo (an Albanian national newspaper) has been met with a few negative comments about my favourable insights into Bathore and its residents, as well as criticisms regarding my […]

I have spent the last month in Albania for my research, and I will be here for another two months. I am only just beginning to get to know Bathore, and it is a multi-faceted place, but my first impressions are of a working, living community that is sitting on the edge between the formal […]

Image: Habitat for Humanity   From tent cities and beds in sheds to overflowing hostels, shelters and B&Bs, inadequate housing and homelessness is growing. The austerity economy is putting undue pressure on housing and in the UK the bedroom tax and benefit cap are exacerbating a deepening housing crisis. The recession is quickly becoming an […]