So long for Le Corbusier's famous streets in the sky!
Lead image: Corb's Unité d’Habitation, Firminy, France from Archiseek
Arch-Tory think-tank Policy Exchange today issued a policy document apparently describing how:
Create Streets shows how demolishing high rise social housing blocks and replacing them with real streets made up of low rise flats and terraced housing would improve the lives of thousands of people who suffer from living in multi-storey housing.
In conjunction with a front campaign labelled Create Streets and a terrible website, the document calls for the end to tower building and a return to terraced rows of housing. Sidestepping the issue of massive under investment in council housing of the late 20th century Policy Exchange label the projects universally unpopular.
The report was pretty much universally slammed on Twitter by urban professionals and commentators:
I'm not going to write anything about this Policy Exchange report on tower blocks. It's just too unbelievably stupid, even for them
— Owen Hatherley (@owenhatherley) January 25, 2013
createstreets.com = territorial stigma, gentrification, rent gaps, displacement and screw the welfare state, all rolled into one website
— Tom Slater (@tomslater42) January 24, 2013
1.take a vested interest; 2.manipulate research findings; 3.sprinkle with bias and personal prejudice 4.issue as policy idea. #createstreets
— Planner in Boots (@Plannerinboots) January 25, 2013
The report couldn't be more timely with last week's controversial pushing through of Elephant & Castle's regeneration scheme. Not to mention discussion of the Bedroom Tax which looks to come into action in a few months time.
Image Trowbridge Estate demolition Hackney Wick via Wick Curiosity Shop.