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Book | Towers For The Welfare State

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.


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