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‘Social Housing – Definitions and Design Exemplars’

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Based on our publication of the same name and coinciding with the book’s launch In 2017, the exhibition at the RIBA’s central London galleries brought together 24 exemplary projects by 20 practices from six European countries. Designed by Alexander Boxill and curated by Mike Althorpe, Research Manager at Karakusevic Carson Architects, the exhibition featured over large format drawings, sections and plans and beautifully detailed project models that each illustrated new typologies and innovative approaches to housing estate refurbishment, design and layout.

At a time of an ongoing crisis in housing both in terms of affordability and availability, the exhibition provided a prime opportunity to highlight an international range of projects and championed the role of local authorities in delivering high-quality affordable housing at new scales.

The exhibition included a new model commission of the 1978 Alexandra Road Estate in Camden by Neave Brown, which served as a poignant reminder of the scale of ambition for social housing in the post war years and is considered among the best housing the UK has ever produced.

The exhibition was accompanied by ‘Stories from the UK & Europe’ – a sold out discussion in the RIBA’s Florence Hall where Paul Karakusevic spoke alongside Frederic Druot and Christelle Avenier from France, Sascha Zander from Germany and Hans van der Heijden from the Netherlands.

The exhibition travelled to the AIA Center for Architecture, New York  (15 February – 19 May 2018).