Green Belt Atlas published by the London Society

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Last year’s ADS2 cohort put together a comprehensive qualitative atlas of London’s Metropolitan Green Belt. That research has now been published by the London Society in a position paper authored by Jonathan Manns, and available for PDF download here.

The paper was launched at an event in London on Monday, at which David presented the research and some of the resulting projects. The event was covered by The Planner magazine. Read the coverage here.

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Bournville

An exploration into the semi-detached housing in Bournville. Architect William Harvey wrote that “monotony should be avoided by variation”, this short animation intends to offer commentary on the similarities and differences in the elevations of Bournville cottages.

Basildon New Town

This short film documents the New Town of Basildon and the Plotland settlements which preceded it. The Plotland movement was born out of the availability of low-income families to purchase cheap agricultural land and subsequently build their own makeshift homes upon it. This conjures up a series of questions within a context of urgent housebuilding targets and a renaissance of self-build as a politically acceptable solution and how we might learn from this particular part of our social history to address these concerns.