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Cook’s Camden: The Making of Modern Housing by Mark Swenarton

Cook’s Camden: The Making of Modern Housing by Mark Swenarton
Cook’s Camden: The Making of Modern Housing by Mark Swenarton

If you appreciated the last property we featured, you are probably the target audience for the upcoming Cook’s Camden: The Making of Modern Housing by Mark Swenarton.

Why Cook? Well, Sydney Cook was borough architect in Camden and a man who oversaw some of the most notable and influential social housing schemes of the 20th century in the area.

Those schemes included Alexandra Road, Branch Hill, Fleet Road, Highgate New Town and Maiden Lane, with design work carried out by some of the most forward-thinking architects of the era, including Neave Brown, Benson & Forsyth and Peter Tabori, along with Colquhoun & Miller, Edward Cullinan and Farrell Grimshaw.

The Camden projects were ‘a new type of urban housing’ and a return to streets with front doors rather than tower blocks, creating density without the need for height.

This book looks at how Cook and his team created this housing and the lessons it offers for today’s house builders. The words are backed up with new colour photographs by Tim Crocker, along with original black and white photography by Martin Charles for a ‘then and now’ portrayal of the buildings, the homes within and the people who live there.

Published by Lund Humphries Publishers, this is a 312-page hardback book that lands on 6th October 2017. But you can pre-order now, with the book selling for £45.

Find out more about the book at the Amazon website