public event 2019

the possibilities of public architecture

Tuesday 29th January, 5.45pm, Liverpool School of Art and Design
6.00pm John Boughton – Municipal Dreams 6.35pm Finn Williams – Public Practice 7.10pm Q&A

A free event discussing the qualities and potential of public service architecture and urban design. This double lecture will present the often overlooked history of good social housing in the UK, particularly Liverpool, and the possibilities of public practice to improve the quality, and equality, of everyday places. The event coincides with the exhibition of urban design work by LJMU Masters students, looking at the possibilities for Ellesmere Port and Elefsina, Athens.

John Boughton is the author of Municipal Dreams, published in 2018;

“Illuminates one of the biggest issues of contemporary Britain, the inadequacies of its housing supply.” – Rowan Moore, Observer (“Best Books of 2018”)

“For the past few years his writing has been an elegant and compendious ongoing exploration of Britain’s social history through its council estates. The book celebrates an era during which dreams of shelter and security for all—not just those who could afford to purchase it—were in large part made a reality, and asks us if we oughtn’t to consider reviving that dream before it gets destroyed completely … There couldn’t be a better time for this book.” – Lynsey Hanley, Guardian

“Part celebration of housing achievements, part lament for what we have lost, part rallying cry for getting it back, tells a history that too many have forgotten.” – Jules Birch, Inside Housing, Books of the Year  

Finn Williams is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Public Practice. He previously worked for Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, and then Croydon Council and the Greater London Authority, where he initiated a wide range of interesting and innovative commissions. He was co-curator of the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, which was titled Home Economics and dealt with the changing nature of homes in the UK.

St Andrews Gardens, 1930’s social housing in Liverpool