To celebrate the launch of Paul Karakusevic and Abigail Bachelor’s new book on the theme of social housing, the RIBA is hosting an exhibition, ‘Social Housing – Definitions and Design Exemplars’ running from 18 April – 28 May 2017. Curated by Karakusevic Carson Architects it features projects by diverse practices from the book including BIQ/Hans van der Heijden, Lacaton & Vassal and LAN architecture and a discussion on Tuesday 16 May.
‘Social Housing – Definitions and Design Exemplars’
18 April – 28 May 2017
The Architecture Gallery, RIBA
66 Portland Place, London
Across Europe a new generation of practices are transforming social housing. Responding to continued high demand, changing clients and new funding methods, architects are once again addressing how homes are delivered at scale, achieving high standards of design and with a new focus on city making.
This new book, co-authored by Paul Karakusevic and Abigail Bachelor for RIBA Publishing, brings together 24 exemplar case studies from six European countries featuring practices including BIQ/Hans van der Heijden (The Netherlands), Einszueins (Austria), Lacaton & Vassal (France) and LAN architecture (France), exploring the best new housing at a pivotal time for the sector.
According to Paul Karakusevic, “this is an exciting time for public sector led housing across Europe. There are great things being done by local authorities and community groups in the UK and they are building with a confidence and a design ambition we haven’t seen since the late 1970s. It is crucial we look at alternatives form of delivery to tackle our current crisis and ensure these support efforts elsewhere. At the same time it’s important we continue to learn from the best in Europe.”
“This book is about raising awareness, championing great architecture, client-side process and providing meaningful case studies so that students and housing professionals of all kinds might think differently. It brings together outstanding schemes, delivered in challenging circumstances by thoughtful architects working in collaboration with communities”, said the curator and book co-author Paul Karakusevic.
Alongside the case studies the book features a series of exclusive interviews and testimonials with influencers from across the social housing sector including a historical context interview by celebrated post-war architect Neave Brown, the GLA’s Finn Williams, Anna Lacaton from Lacaton & Vassal and Professor Mark Brearley from London Metropolitan University.
FULL LIST OF ARCHITECTS FEATURED. Adam Khan Architects (UK), Assemble (UK), Avenier & Cornejo Architectes (France), BIQ/Hans van der Heijden (The Netherlands), Einszueins (Austria) , Hawkins\Brown (UK), Haworth Tompkins Architects (UK), Lacaton & Vassal (France), Karakusevic Carson Architects (UK), LAN architecture (France), Mae LLP (UK), Mecanoo (The Netherlands), Mikhail Riches (UK), Mole (UK), muf architecture/art (UK), Niall McLaughlin Architects (UK), S333 architecture + Urbanism (UK), Sergison Bates Architects (UK), TVK (France), Witherford Watson Mann (UK), Zanderroth Architekten (Germany)
Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplars is available now from RIBA Bookshops, or online here