Politics versus architecture: the Alexandra Road public enquiry of 1978–1981

  title={Politics versus architecture: the Alexandra Road public enquiry of 1978–1981},
  author={Mark Swenarton},
  journal={Planning Perspectives},
  pages={423 - 446}
Designed in 1968–1969 by Neave Brown, Camden's Alexandra Road scheme in London is one of the most architecturally celebrated social housing schemes in Britain. But the project overran on both time and budget and before it was completed Camden's councillors launched a public enquiry (1978–1981) to find out what had gone wrong. Behind this lay much broader political changes, with radically different remedies to the economic crisis of the 1970s proposed by hard left and new right. Drawing on the… 
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