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STUDY ON THE HIGH RISE AND FALL OF TOWER BLOCKS

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How the utopian dreams of inner-city planners turned sour is the subject of a feature in The Birmingham Post (p9) o...
How the utopian dreams of inner-city planners turned sour is the subject of a feature in The Birmingham Post (p9) on the high-rise and fall of tower blocks.

'With the possible exception of the Victorian workhouse, the postwar tower block is perhaps Britain's most universally despised building type,' it says.

The article examines a recently published book (Yale University Press) on the subject: Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, by Miles Glendinning & Stefan Muthesius.

The paper concludes: 'So despised have tower blocks become that blowing them up is a form of popular festivity.'
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