Two artists and their homes

At a recent event I was reminded of the artist Georgia O’Keeffe, whom I knew to be American and prominent in 1920s modern art. Sometimes things seem to come back to you for a reason and unexpectedly, I also had Frida Kahlo on my mind, and her Blue House in Mexico. It prompted me to [...]

By | February 19th, 2020|Housing and History, International Housing (Non UK), Modernism, Modernist Inspired, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on Two artists and their homes

The Addison Act’s centenary year comes to a close

As the centenary year of the Addison Act comes to a close this post briefly looks at some of the events to mark and celebrate the occasion. We’ve already looked at the wonderfully creative work at Bristol, but other events have included conferences and guided visits to some Addison inspired estates. The tour of the [...]

By | December 24th, 2019|Garden Cities, Garden City Inspired, Housing and Health Research, Housing and History|Comments Off on The Addison Act’s centenary year comes to a close

Bristol: Hillfields Homes for Heroes project

I am delighted to post this with kind permission from Local Learning, whom I was lucky to meet at a recent event where we were both presenting. Their work creatively showcases the importance of Addison and his contribution to 'homes for heroes' centenary in the Bristol area, whilst demonstrating the importance of housing for all [...]

By | November 8th, 2019|Garden City Inspired, Housing and History|Comments Off on Bristol: Hillfields Homes for Heroes project

Dr Addison and the Sanitary Inspectors

As it’s the centenary of the Addison Act, it’s worth focusing once again on what housing conditions would be like if left entirely to the market and why properly funded council housing is essential if we are to ensure that everyone has somewhere decent, secure and affordable to call home. Each of these three terms [...]

By | August 11th, 2019|Housing and Health Research, Housing and History, Uncategorised|Comments Off on Dr Addison and the Sanitary Inspectors

Inspectors of Nuisance and Sanitary Inspectors: what they did for housing

I’ve written and presented a few times now on the Inspectors of Nuisance and Sanitary Inspectors and one reason for my interest is that they are the predecessors in my profession, environmental health. There has been very little written on the history of our profession in general, let alone in how they addressed living conditions. My [...]

By | June 17th, 2019|Housing and Health Research, Housing and History|Comments Off on Inspectors of Nuisance and Sanitary Inspectors: what they did for housing

‘Top 10’ books about housing and home

When I started this blog in January 2017, I mentioned two particular ‘housing’ books and I have since meant to write more, but events keep taking over and I have covered other housing things instead. It has always been clear to me that housing is not just about policy or conditions, but what housing means [...]

By | May 25th, 2019|Housing and History, International Housing (Non UK), Literature|Comments Off on ‘Top 10’ books about housing and home

How very modern(istic)

Whilst some may criticise the ‘sameness’ of suburbia of the interwar period 1918-1939, looking more closely we can find numerous decent family homes set in landscaped places and some lovely examples of housing design history, especially those built during the 1930s. Development of suburbia was not of course an isolated event, but part of an [...]

The V&A, social housing and Robin Hood Gardens

One of the best things about living on the London underground is having such easy access to London's countless cultural venues and range of exhibitions. At first glance the V&A - a museum of art and design - may seem an unexpected place to host an exhibition about social housing. It's a small exhibition, but [...]

By | February 21st, 2019|Decline and Regeneration, Film, Housing and History, Modernism, Modernist Inspired, Photography, Tower Blocks and Flats, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on The V&A, social housing and Robin Hood Gardens

Housing to cheer us

Now that it's cold and dark here and the news seems all doom and gloom, here's some of Entraveaux's housing in the Maritime Alps to cheer us all. If you're in that part of France, check it out, it really is beautiful with the shuttered apartments and impossibly narrow streets overlooked by the citadel, some [...]

By | December 22nd, 2018|Housing and History, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on Housing to cheer us

Living with Buildings: Health and Architecture

The Wellcome Collection deliver some really good exhibitions and I have been to many over the years. This one is one of their best and it's on until 3rd March 2019. Living with Buildings: Health and Architecture  is good because it combines buildings with literature and art, so is right up my street for sure. The [...]

By | November 28th, 2018|Decline and Regeneration, Film, Housing and History|Comments Off on Living with Buildings: Health and Architecture