Municipal Dreams

Municipal Dreams The Rise and Fall of Council Housing

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Publisher's Synopsis

Traversing the nation, Municipal Dreams offers an architectural tour of some of the best and most remarkable of our housing estates, and in doing so offers an engrossing social history of housing in Britain. John Broughton asks us to understand better their complex story and to rethink our prejudices. His accounts include extraordinary planners and architects who wished to elevate working men and women through design and the politicians, high and low, who shaped their work, the competing ideologies which have promoted state housing and condemned it, the economics which has always constrained our housing ideals, the crisis wrought by Right to Buy, and the evolving controversies around regeneration. He shows how the loss of the dream of good housing for all is a danger for the whole of society - as was seen in the fire in Grenfell Tower.

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Book information

ISBN: 9781784787400
Publisher: Verso
Imprint: Verso
Pub date:
DEWEY: 363.5969420941
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 330
Weight: 272g
Height: 196mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 26mm