Architecture on Stage: Revolutionary Low Rise

Could a radical rethink of low-rise housing typologies help successfully densify London’s suburbs? This panel discussion and report launch considers lessons for the capital from revolutionary projects in the UK, US and Europe.


07:00pm, Monday, 7 October 2019


09:00pm, Monday, 7 October 2019


Barbican Centre

Frobisher Auditorium 1

Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS



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This is a past event


Responding to calls for a more humane approach to urbanism and challenging the orthodoxy of
high-rise, architects in the 1960s embraced low rise-high density as an ethos to create innovative
homes, while seeking to re-establish traditional patterns of community. The UK led the way, offering
alternative visions for urban living, which inspired a generation of projects across the world. Marking
the publication of a new report supported by the RIBA Research Fund and Karakusevic Carson
Architects, this event explores a radical period of experimental housing and discusses its legacy and
lessons for London’s current drive to densify and develop its sprawling suburbs.
With contributions from Revolutionary Low Rise report authors Abigail Batchelor and Mike Althorpe
with architectural historian Mark Swenarton and architect Paul Karakusevic.