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Neave Brown: Building for the Boroughs

‘We had the notion of adapting inter-war modernism to something that without losing its quality or spirit would fit an existing environment…would improve it, would recreate it with a new kind of life. And undoubtedly that new kind of life is social…’ Neave Brown

In 2013, only a fifth of homes built in England were social housing with only a further fraction of those being built by local councils. Yet councils are currently reclaiming their role as housing providers.

Neave Brown, the architect responsible for some of the most celebrated council housing of the post-war era, including Camden’s Grade II listed Fleet Road and Alexandra Road estates, joined us for this special talk as part of our Gallery programme.

With many residents of Brown’s buildings in the audience, alongside fellow architects, listen to this fascinating conversation as Brown is interviewed by Paul Karakusevic of architects Karakusevic Carson, responsible for the renewal of Hackney’s Colville Estate.

In association with Architecture Foundation.

Building for the Boroughs took place on Wednesday 23 July 2015.

Image: Alexandra Road – Neave Brown