The search for good design – part 3

  Finally no tour of housing design would be complete without visiting Accordia Living in Cambridge. Arriving on a drizzly late summer morning my first impressions of this development were of it’s connectedness to the city. I actually drove right past it. The estate is entered from mature roads in the middle of Cambridge and as such has a feeling of having been here for … Continue reading The search for good design – part 3

The search for good design – part 2

The second stop of my tour is was The Bridge in Dartford.  This is a much lesser known project than it’s predecessor, The Staithes, in Newcastle, but benefits me in being closer to home.  For those of you who don’t know these developments, there lies a fascinating story behind them.        The designers Wayne and Geraldine Hemmingway are better known for their Red … Continue reading The search for good design – part 2

The search for good design – part 1

  The first stop of my tour is Newhall in Harlow.  There is something ironic about a new housing development in Harlow, just outside the 1940‘s New Town, which for all it’s benign attempts by its designer Frederick Gibberd, feels drab and lifeless.  But the landowners of Newhall resolved for this place to be different.  The first thing that is striking about Newhall is the … Continue reading The search for good design – part 1

The search for good design – introduction

    What makes good urban design?  Time and time again I have wandered around various cities and mused to myself how this would be the last place on earth I would want to live.  Conversely I have been to cities where I have been instantly captivated by them and consequently tempted to pack up from my London flat and move there.        … Continue reading The search for good design – introduction