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The Barbican: a radical estate for the middle-class

As London’s housing continues to spiral out of control, England’s 20th Century estates offer a critical lesson

In this film, a collaboration between The AR and The Architecture Foundation, Phineas Harper traces back the story of the Barbican estate designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon and commissioned by the Corporation of London: a story that offers a glimpse into the rise and fall of British housing provision, and stands as a vital lesson for the governments of today.

Written and presented by Phineas Harper. A co-production between The Architectural Review and the Architecture Foundation.

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