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Walter's Way: The Self-Build Revolution

  • 10:28 - 8 January, 2016
Walter's Way: The Self-Build Revolution
Walter's Way: The Self-Build Revolution

Presenting the work of the revolutionary architect Walter Segal, Walter’s Way – The Self-Build Revolution focuses on Segal’s work with the Lewisham self-builders of the 1980s and displays the application of Segal’s method today. Housed in and around a newly constructed section of a Segal house, from which visitors can experience the fundamental elements of the style, are original drawings, documents and furniture designed by Segal alongside archival films and photographs, plus contemporary photographs by Taran Wilkhu and a new interpretation of Segal’s technique by 2015 Turner Prize winner Assemble.

Walter Segal (1907-1985) developed an iconic self-build method during the 1960s enabled ordinary people to design and build their own houses quickly and cheaply using readily available materials in standard sizes. In the late 1970s the ‘Segal method’ was adopted by Lewisham Council for an experimental self-building housing project across four sites. This exhibition concentrates on two of the resulting streets, Walter's Way and Segal Close, which were built under Segal’s guidance.

There are currently about 200 Segal houses in the UK and there is growing interest today in self-building as a response to the UK’s shortage of affordable homes.

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Cite: "Walter's Way: The Self-Build Revolution" 08 Jan 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/780083/walters-way-the-self-build-revolution/> ISSN 0719-8884

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