The Estate Outside the Dwelling –
The structure of housing in cities across England has historically had a mosaic like pattern. Areas of social and low-income housing sit next to town houses. This is partly due to the way in which cities have grown over their original structures, with areas bleeding into one another.
“The Estate Outside the dwelling’ was published in 1972 by the department of the Environment. The publication conducted a survey and investigation into resident’s opinions and satisfaction ratings about 6 social housing council estates built in the late 60’s across the country.
The first artist book in the series looks at the Winstanley Estate in London. The book counter points statistics and questions from the archival material against my own photographic investigation of the estate. Its aim is to create a discussion around the original aspirational aims of this housing project versus what they have now become. The book moves from looking back at the modernist ideals of 60’s housing, that through the organ of capitalism changed to dystopian landscapes, through to their new status in the housing market and possible future within the restructure of social housing.