Community Architecture

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A visit to the estate I was brought up beside to investigate how community architecture has been used successfully to solve its problems.

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Community Architecture

  1. 1. Community Architecture Snow Hill, Bath
  2. 3. Layout <ul><li>Nine Houses </li></ul><ul><li>Chelsea, Dover, Walcot, Myrtle, Inman, Cathcart, Longacre, Snow Hill and Berkeley </li></ul><ul><li>Myrtle House renamed as Saffron Court prior to private sale – now housing association </li></ul><ul><li>Whole area along the London Road named after parts of London – Hanover, Piccadilly, Chelsea. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Chelsea Walcot Dover Myrtle / Saffron Court Inman Cathcart Long Acre Snow Hill House Berkeley
  4. 5. Background <ul><li>Award winning Estate –Civic Trust Award </li></ul><ul><li>Decline in community and some architectural decay in 1980s </li></ul><ul><li>Community Architecture used effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Shift from selected coucil tenants to housing for the homeless noticeable </li></ul>
  5. 6. The problem estate? <ul><li>Bath has a good reputation but attracts social problems like any other city </li></ul><ul><li>Majority housed in two areas – Snow Hill and Twerton </li></ul><ul><li>Problems were antisocial, issues of fly tipping and use of open spaces. </li></ul>
  6. 8. The Solution 1. Identity – through colour
  7. 9. 2. Defensible Space = pride
  8. 10. Even at the rear of some blocks
  9. 11. In some case this meant new access arrangements [front of same block]
  10. 12. 3. Removal of through access Stair well to all Landings to provide ‘ramped access’ Now replaced with Individual steps Communal laundry lost
  11. 13. 4. New Facilities <ul><li>Entry phones and concierge service </li></ul><ul><li>Play park reworked </li></ul>
  12. 14. Social <ul><li>Centralised recycling facility </li></ul><ul><li>Community Centre </li></ul>
  13. 15. Synthesis <ul><li>Change in Government policy + unsuccessful privatisation </li></ul><ul><li>Identity through colour </li></ul><ul><li>Defensible Space </li></ul><ul><li>Removal of through access </li></ul><ul><li>New Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>= SUCCESSFUL </li></ul><ul><li>Photos – Mark OLLIS </li></ul>

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