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Municipal Landscapes: A Celebration

Explore the design of post-war social housing estates and their value as a part of the urban environment.

What to expect

Telling the story of London’s social housing, this walk will provide a social, political and architectural history of post-war estates in London.

Led by designer-in-residence Hester Buck and author of Municipal Dreams John Boughton, this walk celebrates these spaces and their role in the urban environment. Each estate will host readings and discussion about the ideas that defined their design.

Through describing historic accounts, anecdotes and live projects this walk will explore the very different way public spaces within the estates have been appropriated by their tenant

This event is part of Walking the City, a series exploring how the act of walking can create new ways of understanding, celebrating and re-imagining the city.

Booking information

Adult: £18
Student/Concession: £15
Members: £15


Hester Buck

Hester is a current designer-in-residence at the Design Museum and member of the critical design practice public works. Her projects address discussions around landscape and nature understood through our relationship to urban public space. Hester graduated in 2016 from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Architecture, having previously studied at Oxford Brookes University.

John Boughton

John Boughton is the author of Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing. He has published in the Historian and Labor History and talks on housing to a range of audiences. His blog is municipaldreams.wordpress.com.

13 Somerford Grove, Hackney. © John Boughton

2 Du Cane Road, Old Oak Estate. © John Boughton

Boundary Estate, Bethnal Green. © John Boughton

18 Dawsons Heights, Southwark. © John Boughton

15 Alton West. © John Boughton