Model Estate (Routledge Revivals): Planned Housing at Quarry Hill, Leeds

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Routledge, Sep 13, 2013 - Architecture - 252 pages
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Quarry Hill Flats, once both the pride and shame of its city of Leeds, was an iconic Modernist symbol of the 1930s. It marked the first use of a prefabricated building system for a large-scale council estate, replacing a notorious slum. But it lasted barely a generation – its complete demolition was announced as Alison Ravetz was finishing this study. First published in 1974, this book is unique in its use of all estate records from conception to destruction, as well as in its comprehensive approach, including aspects usually missing in council housing studies – notably the intimate experience of residents, and a fraught, long-drawn-out building period. Ravetz argues that the Flats’ ‘failure’ was due not to social breakdown, as repeatedly alleged, but rather to a rigidity of design and management unable to accommodate gradual, incremental change. This has continuing implications for the operation of bureaucratically designed and controlled ‘social housing’ today.

 

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Contents

inherited constraints and contradictions of municipal housing
1
Chapter 2 Workingclass housing and town planning in Leeds up to 1940
15
Chapter 3 The genesis of Quarry Hill Flats
46
the Mopin system in practice
70
the estate populations
89
forms of social life on the model estate
121
the devolution of the model estate
141
Chapter 8 Private lives and the model estate
166
methods assessments and futures of model environments
202
Postscript January 1974
223
Appendix I Quarry Hill Flats Tenants Association proposals 1949
226
Appendix II The 1969 survey of Quarry Hill Flats
230
References
237
Name Index
247
Subject Index
249
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