Park Hill and the Future of Public Housing – Part 1

Lecture date: 1996-03-16

The Park Hill estate in Sheffield is one of the most ambitious public housing schemes of the post-war years. The estate was designed by Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith in 1953, working for Sheffield City Council under J L Womersley. Completed in 1961, Park Hill reflects both the influence of Peter and Alison Smithson’s Golden Lane housing project and the deep impact made on housing design by Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation at Marseilles. Organized in conjunction with the AA exhibition and publication Park Hill – What Next?, this symposium seeks to put a case for the revision of modernist housing and offers a point of reference for a new framework for future decisions.

Introductory slide show of Park Hill. Chris Bacon, author of a doctoral thesis on Park Hill, reflects on his first-hand experience of living in the estate. Martin Cherry, Chief Buildings Historian at English Heritage, examines the wider context of scheduling Park Hill as a listed building. Moderated by Andrew Saint.



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