The United Kingdom, and London in particular, is currently in the midst of an acute housing crisis. In London alone, there are currently 170,000 homeless people, 8,000 rough sleepers, 20,000 empty homes and 120 families losing their home each day. To satisfy demand, it is estimated that the UK needs to build around 300,000 new homes a year, but the present supply stands at around half that level. Where, and how, homes should be built is an area of intense debate.
“Peter Barber: 100 Mile City and Other Stories”
20 October, 2018 – January 27, 2019
224-238 Kensington High St, London
Since establishing his practice in 1989, Peter Barber has dedicated much of his working life to designing social housing. From the award-winning Donnybrook Quarter in 2006 to recent projects in Stratford, Enfield and Finsbury Park, Peter Barber Architects has systematically demonstrated the possibility of creating high-quality, humane spaces for people to live within our increasingly dense urban environment. His 100 Mile City project has been hailed as the most provocative and characterful response to the London housing crisis, addressing the constraints of the city with verve and optimism. The Design Museum will present over twenty years of Barber’s work, taking visitors through the solutions and suggestions of an architect working at the forefront of social housing in the UK.The display will also include Grant Gee’s film ‘The True History of the 100 Mile City’, shown for the first time.
To mark the opening of his exhibition 100 Mile City and Other Stories, Peter Barber gives a keynote lecture on how to tackle the country’s housing crisis. How do we tackle the housing crisis? London is in the throes of a housing crisis which sees 170,00 people homeless and 120 families losing their homes each day. In this lecture, British architect and urbanist Peter Barber will shed light on the politics of housing in London as it has developed since the Second World War.
Peter Barber will discuss what needs to change in the way we build homes in Britain in order to resolve the current crisis. He’ll reflect on a series of high density low rise street-based urban designs and housing projects and reveal the ideology and design methodologies which underpin them. The lecture will conclude with images of 100 Mile City, Peter Barber Studio’s solution to the housing Crisis in London: ‘A speculative reimagining of London’s periphery.’ This talk coincides with the first ever retrospective of Peter Barber’s work, 100 Mile City and Other Stories, on display in the atrium between 20 October 2018 and 27 January 2019. Following the talk there will be an opportunity to view the atrium exhibition 100 Mile City and Other Stories on Floor 1.