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 L’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.
Martin Richardson, Chief Architect to the Yorkshire Development Group between 1962-1968, assesses the shifting trajectory of his work as an architect specializing in housing.
David Levitt, co-founder of Levitt Bernstein, presents an overview of numerous UK housing projects.
Piers Gough, co-founder of CZWG architects, questions whether a positive vision of social housing can emerge from the negativity of a present driven by market forces.
David Turnbull, architect and AA tutor, discusses the latent possibilities of housing in a global age of cyberspace and megacities.