Architecture for all

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Even the UK’s most stolid institutions are waking up to the fact that, post-Grenfell, things are changing. Rather than award its annual top gong to someone responsible for designing a posh museum, sports stadium or residential block for wealthy people, the architects’ association RIBA has this year chosen Neave Brown as the recipient of its Gold Medal.

Brown, now 88, designed some of the most innovative, low-cost social housing projects in the UK in the 1960s and 70s, and the Netherlands in the 1990s and noughties — projects which have been judged to be among the best places anywhere to live.

Thankfully, you can still visit two of his projects, at Alexandra Road and the Dunboyne Estate, both in Camden, where incredibly he was employed, along with a number of other imaginative architects, by the local council.
Roll on the days when such a thing could happen again.