Cook's Camden exhibition opens

Wednesday 27 October 2010

© Agnese Sanvito

© Agnese Sanvito

© Agnese Sanvito

An exhibition of the work of Sydney Cook, borough architect in Camden (1965-73) opened at NLA today, marking the centenary of his birth in 1910.

The housing projects built by Camden when Sydney Cook was borough architect constitute the last great output of social housing in the UK and also arguably the most substantial investigation into the architecture of urban housing undertaken in the past half-century. On display is original black and white photography by Martin Charles, taken when the projects were first finished, as well as models and drawings from schemes including Neave Brown’s Fleet Road and Alexandra Road, Benson & Forsyth’s Branch Hill and Maiden Lane, and Peter Tábori’s Highgate New Town.

Cook’s Camden is based on the research currently being undertaken by Mark Swenarton, professor of architecture at Oxford Brookes University. It is organised by NLA, The Building Centre and the DOSSier (Discourses on Space and Society) research unit at the department of architecture, Oxford Brookes University, and is open until 8th December.

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