The World's Longest Mistake

Sheffield - Park Hill
Sheffield - Park Hill
Manchester - Crescents
Manchester - Crescents
Manchester - Homes for Change
Manchester - Homes for Change
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Politecnico di Milano
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Italy is not somewhere that you associate with modernist planning. However, while most Italians avoided the modernists, the tenants of social housing estates were less lucky. This seminar was organised by the Politecnico di Milano - Dipartimento di Progettazione dell'architettura to bring together people from across Europe who have worked on modernist estates. David Rudlin from URBED gave a presentation focusing on tenant involvement drawing particularly on the Design for Change process developed with the Glasshouse and the National Tenant Resource Centre.

The Politechnic has now produced a publication through LabPU -CLUP Milano. David's chapter looks at the issues raised by two UK estates, Park Hill in Sheffield and Hulme in Manchester. Park Hill in particular is a beautiful piece of architecture but still did not work as an estate because its designers did not understand the most basic realities of living in an urban area. 

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