Designed for Living


User-friendly housing, opposed to former massive building schemes.

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Producer: Granada Television "World in Action"
Year Produced: 1985
Running time: 26 minutes
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Examines what went wrong with the massive building schemes of the 1960’s and ’70’s, and contrasts impersonal housing of this kind with ‘community architecture’ as practised by Rod Hackney, who believes in the involvement of ordinary people in planning their own housing. Alice Coleman points to the bad design in many large schemes, which encourages vandalism. She believes in traditional street patterns and small gardens, which seem to encourage a sense of community.

Made in 1985 this film reflects the cultural attitudes and language of the time it was made. The issues raised are timeless.

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