100 B&W illustrations and 400 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781848223967 • Publication: October 15, 2021
Public Housing Works
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Paul Karakusevic, Mike Althorpe and Abigail Batchelor
Available for preorder: this book will be shipped on its publication date of October 15, 2021
DescriptionIn response to a severe housing shortages and high prices making homes unaffordable to many, architects are once again re-engaging with the public housing sector. Today local authorities are taking back control, and with residents, prioritising high quality design to deliver some of the best new homes in the UK. Public Housing Works presents a monograph about the projects and processes behind one of the UK's leading public housing practices, Karakusevic Carson Architects.
Featuring the practice’s major built projects and those in development, Public Housing Works captures a moment in housing history. It tells the story of an incredible period of change across a 20 year period, weaving together the major shifts in design, place making and policy that has shaped public-led architecture. Not only does Public Housing Works reveal the people and process of the studio known for working closely with council residents and charts its culture of housing innovation, learning and speculates where it may head in the next decade.
The book analyses 16 projects of varying sizes and scope, following their design and construction from neighbourhood scale to urban block to street and individual buildings and homes. Each section of the book includes dedicated essays on the specific scale featured. Each of the projects can be followed clearly as they are analysed in the scale sections. The book also includes historical timeline of public housing, London public housing project location map and a reading list.