Municipal tower blocks have had a bad press for a very long time, to which the burning of Grenfell Tower, largely caused by faulty new cladding, has added a new anxiety.
This book takes a very different line. It goes right back to the 1950s and 60s when a flat high up was held simply to provide the healthiest airy, light, and green surroundings.
The high costs of these architect-designed and daringly engineered blocks did not seem to trouble the Welfare State providers. London architects in particular made sure to provide as many different solutions as possible.