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LFA 2017 Courtyards and Communality : Models for Contemporary Living
Thu 22 June 2017, 18:00 – 21:00 BST
In defining a new model for Later Living Proctor and Matthews Architects has been researching historic typologies. The contemporary interpretation of almshouses is the focus of several of the studios recent projects including; Steepleton, Tetbury, The Chapter House, Lichfield and John Dower House, Cheltenham.
With their origins dating back to the 10th century, almshouses were built to accommodate the vulnerable in society and were created through charitable donations. This historic domestic model captures a rich layer of cultural, spatial and social memory. Sometimes deemed overly paternalistic, the architectural form however can potentially act as a model for higher density, low rise living: nurturing a sense of community and encouraging social interaction.
The exhibition and discussion chaired by Claire Bennie, Architect and past Development Director at Peabody, with contributions from Jeremy Porteus, Director of the Housing Learning and Improvement Network and Chris Foges, Editor of Architecture Today will focus on the potential future models for Later Living and the role this could play in addressing the current housing crisis.