Friday, April 27, 2018

Top ten books about public housing

John Boughton is the author of Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing. At the Guardian, he tagged a (UK-centric) top ten list of books about public housing, including:
Garden Suburbs of Tomorrow? A New Future for the Cottage Estates by Martin Crookston

While tower blocks loom large, so-called cottage estates – “corporation suburbia”, in the author’s phrase – have been received little attention, despite making up around one-sixth of England’s homes and 40% of the country’s remaining socially owned housing. Crookston provides a useful history and typology of these estates, but he is most concerned with their future. Some – the more sprawling, isolated and economically depressed – have their problems; often, ironically, the kind of problems held to characterise high-rise estates by reason of their design. Crookston’s thoughtful, empathetic study of these estates suggests how residents and councils might together renew the promise they once held.
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue