UK's "eclectic range" of council housing celebrated in book by John Boughton - architecture and design

UK's "eclectic range" of council housing celebrated in book by John Boughton



From Glasgow to Somerset, here are historian John Boughton's picks of the UK's most interesting public housing schemes featured in his latest book, A History of Council Housing in 100 Estates.
Published by RIBA Books, A History of Council Housing in 100 Estates celebrates the achievements of the UK's public housing, offering a counterpoint to its often negative coverage.
"Given that one-third of the population lived in council homes at peak in 1980, council housing has been a huge part of our shared national story, but it's been strangely neglected in mainstream histories and frequently maligned and misrepresented in media commentary," author Boughton told Dezeen.
"I wanted to tell the story of council housing more fully and objectively," he continued. "I also wanted to honour the experience of the millions who had lived it, to give some of that history back in a way that celebrated rather than denigrated their experience." A History of Council Housing in 100 Estates is the latest book by John Boughton
The book features a "deliberately eclectic range" of housing, ranging from 16th-century almshouses to contemporary models such as the Stirling Prize-winning Goldsmith Street.
Captured through archival illustrations and photos, these case studies vary from well-known estates to lesser-known places in regions across the UK.
"Naturally, I've included many of the better-known and more 'iconic' public housing schemes, but I wanted also ...
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