City Crit: Modern Lambeth Housing

Take a tour of innovative post-war housing estates in the south London borough of Lambeth


11:00am, Sunday, 18 October 2020


01:30pm, Sunday, 18 October 2020

Tour Guides:

Oliver Carter

Florence Fathers

Tickets: £20 Standard // AF Members and Supporters can receive 20% Discount with code

Duration: 2.5 hrs

Start: Meet outside Pret a Manger in Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SQ

Getting There: Elephant & Castle underground station

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The AF is pleased to continue its tour programme with a new addition to the popular Modern Housing series. This new tour showcases Lambeth’s unique modernist heritage, covering iconic projects in Kennington, Camberwell, Brixton and Herne Hill. The tour follows the tracks of Edward Hollamby from his early days at the London County Council to his appointment as Lambeth Borough Architect where his revolutionary leadership left a rich legacy of ambitious housing typologies.

Modern Lambeth Housing

The walking tour will be led by architectural practitioners Oliver Carter and Florence Fathers, and will show how shifting social and political attitudes can be readily seen in the borough’s uniquely varied public housing which is now once again at the centre of debates on the future of our cities. Starting at the Cotton Gardens Estate designed by George Finch in 1964, and one of the first projects commissioned by Hollamby, the tour will cover different approaches to housing delivery by a variety of architects in the following decades. Later projects include Southwyck House, designed in 1968-70 by Magda Borowiecka, and concludes with a discussion of pioneering high-density low-rise schemes, at Cressingham Gardens by Charles Attwood completed in 1978. The tour celebrates Lambeth’s often overlooked architecture department which was an early champion of women architects and helped produce a built environment which housed all people within one of London’s most diverse boroughs.

***In line with current social distancing advice, this small size-group tour will be conducted using audio sharing with all participants invited to listen while maintaining two metres distance from people outside their household. Please bring a smart phone and headphones. Participants are encouraged to attend only if the event is local to them or they can easily walk or cycle to the start without using public transport. Masks are optional but kindly encouraged for everyone’s safety.

Tour Guides:

Oliver Carter works at Gort Scott as part of a team designing housing for Croydon’s council-owned Brick by Brick development company. He has also worked freelance with Practice Architecture on schemes which include reusing existing infrastructure and developing a hempcrete building product. Alongside his interest in local authority housing provisions, Carter is a big fan of natural buildings systems. His final year study involved the design and construction of a low carbon studio which was awarded the AJ Small Projects award for sustainability. 

Florence Fathers completed her architecture postgraduate studies at The Cass where her final thesis focussed on civic architecture, the reuse of existing building stock, and the revitalization of under-invested town centres in Stoke-on-Trent. Prior to this, Fathers’ research centred on alternative forms housing approaches and developing proposals centred around children. Fathers currently works at Gort Scott.