The Quietus | Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | Council House Music: Exploiting Local Authority Architecture
Josh Hall looks at how musicians such as Damon Albarn and David Guetta exploit London tower blocks and housing estates. Thanks to Arthur John Picton for Heygate photograph
Regular readers of LLCH may have seen the competition I ran as part of the Open House London weekend to win a guided tour of the Trellick Tower. Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who entered – I wish I could have taken all of you with me! It’s so exciting to see …
The Trellick Tower is arguably the most famous piece of council house architecture in London, if not the country. As well as being a symbol for the by-gone era of high-rise brutalist buildings, Trellick became synonymous with social problems, ranging from racial tension to troubled youths, in its notorious heyday. The Guardian says: “One Christmas, …
Heygate Estate | Heygate Estate 34
Photographs of the Heygate Estate, Elephant & Castle, Walworth, Southwark, South London. Soon to be demolished, it is a stark, yet strangely beautiful view of urban decay. It was built in the 1970's and is a good example of post-war, neo-brutalist architecture. Designed by Tim Tinker, it had an optimistic beginning, but soon had a reputation for crime and violence.
estate: post-industrial ruin at the end of thatcher's britain
Robert Clayton's images of a council estate in Birmingham in 1991 visually crystallises the legacy of Tory government.