The RIBA and Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) have joined forces to display six pioneering experiments in social housing from their archives. “A Home for All” features designs “from a tower block that up-ended the terraced street, to a DIY kit that encouraged residents to design their own homes.” The six projects, all commissioned by public authorities, demonstrate both the crucial role played by the state in providing housing, and the role of the architect in creating high-quality housing through personal philosophy, new ideas, integration of best practice, and lessons from previous mistakes. The exhibition, free to the public at the V&A + RIBA Gallery on Cromwell Road, London, is freely open to the public seven days per week. On display are original architectural drawings, photographs, site plans, and building models. It will also contain archival poster and protest material, uncovering the rift in public opinion towards social housing policies.
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