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The Real Carbuncle: The Low Standard of Student Housing

00:00 - 4 September, 2013
The Real Carbuncle: The Low Standard of Student Housing, Baker House tops Wainwright's list of the world's best student housing. Image © Wikimedia - dDxc
Baker House tops Wainwright's list of the world's best student housing. Image © Wikimedia - dDxc

In the wake of two heinous designs for student housing dominating the conversation in the Carbuncle Cup, The Guardian's Olly Wainwright explores the causes of such poor standards in the field of student accommodation. He explains how the economics and planning regulations surrounding student housing in the UK make it a hugely profitable area of the construction industry, while also making it susceptible to low standards which would be seen as unacceptable in any other housing sector. By contrast, in another article he lists the world's best designed student accommodation. You can read the full article investigating poor standards here, and his top 10 list here.

AD Classics: MIT Baker House Dormitory / Alvar Aalto

00:00 - 29 May, 2010
AD Classics: MIT Baker House Dormitory / Alvar Aalto, © Wikimedia - dDxc
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Courtesy of MIT AD Classics: MIT Baker House Dormitory / Alvar Aalto AD Classics: MIT Baker House Dormitory / Alvar Aalto Courtesy of MIT + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Category

  • Architect

    Alvar Aalto
  • Renovation Architect

    Perry Dean Rogers Architects
  • References

    Karl Fleig, ed. Alvar Aalto. Scarsdale, N.Y.: Wittenborn and Company, 1963., and mit.edu, excerpts from Alvar Aalto by Nicholas Ray
  • Project Year

    1948
  • Photographs