Peter Barber | 100 Mile City and Other Stories

To mark the opening of his exhibition 100 Mile City and Other Stories, Peter Barber gives a keynote lecture on how to tackle the country's housing crisis.

What to expect

How do we tackle the housing crisis? London is in the throes of a housing crisis which sees 170,00 people homeless and 120 families losing their homes each day.

In this lecture, British architect and urbanist Peter Barber will shed light on the politics of housing in London as it has developed since the Second World War.

Peter Barber will discuss what needs to change in the way we build homes in Britain in order to resolve the current crisis. He’ll reflect on a series of high density low rise street-based urban designs and housing projects and reveal the ideology and design methodologies which underpin them.

The lecture will conclude with images of 100 Mile City, Peter Barber Studio’s solution to the housing Crisis in London: ‘A speculative reimagining of London’s periphery.’

This talk coincides with the first ever retrospective of Peter Barber’s work, 100 Mile City and Other Stories, on display in the atrium between 20 October 2018 and 27 January 2019.

Following the talk there will be an opportunity to view the atrium exhibition 100 Mile City and Other Stories on Floor 1.


Peter Barber

Peter Barber is a British architect and urbanist who has worked with Richard Rogers, Will Alsop and Jestico+Whiles prior to establishing Peter Barber Architects in 1989. In 2001 the firm won first prize in the Architecture Foundation competition for the Donnybrook Quarter (2006), a development of 40 homes commissioned by the housing association Circle 33 for a site in Hackney. Donnybrook set a template for low-rise, street-based urbanism that his practice has continued to explore through projects such as Tanner Street Gateway in Barking (2007) and Worland Gardens in Stratford (2017). Barber is currently a lecturer and reader in architecture at the University of Westminster.

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British architect Peter Barber explores London’s current housing crisis and the role of architecture in creating a more humane city.