Murray Grove Modular Housing
Council housing re-envisioned after privatization
In so many ways, it was most about the old and the new, in terms of housing. Many of the failures of the older council housing is being reinterpreted by new projects, many of which are rising over the city, especially along the waterfront. With the rejection of mass housing, what are some of the newer projects offering different and potentially viable solutions to provide larger scale housing?
Additionally, I was reading the Prefabricated Home by Colin Davies, and the idea of the modular, prefabricated home offered offered many relevant questions for the notions of mass housing. Long has the idea of a prefabricated home obsessed architects, but unfortunately most forays into the field have ended up in failure, especially by the most brilliant architectural thinkers of our time. How can an affordable and beautiful home be made accessible to large portions of the population? Can architects remove themselves from their obsession about their authorship, sole ownership of creativity, and truly allow designs to be accessible to the greater masses of people? What lessons are there to learn from two areas that architects have typically shunned? In the
But, a bigger theme that I have continually been struggling with in all of these projects and proposals is how to ensure that the buildings are not one-off projects. Meaning, as beautiful, initially successful, critically reviewed, and accolades given, is the benefit successful is nothing else comes beyond that?