Eco-friendly social housing proposed for Ladywell

The Rural Urban Synthesis Society have identified the Church Grove site in Ladywell (at one time identified as the preferred site for Lewisham's Traveller community) as a suitable location for their plans to create a "zero waste, energy plus, carbon negative social housing project". These events are designed to explain and develop their ideas with the local community.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

hate to be negative about these things, but it's just PR - they'll chuck up something much the same as anywhere else - shocking that this is happening in Ladywell.

Pete said...

PR for who? They're not a construction company so I'm not sure I understand what you mean.

Pocahontas MCGinty said...

oh, you rotten cynic

I think it sounds quite luffly

Anonymous said...


S.U.S.S.

Anonymous said...

PR for the people who'll be trousering the profits . . .

Mb said...

Are you expecting much needed housing to be built for nothing? Almost all housing of whatever quality is built so someone can earn money or "trouser the profit" so not really clear on what the objection is.

Jimmy said...

I didn't think attempts at saving the environment would be seen as a PR move. PR isn't necessarily a bad thing. I'm in the field of PR, and I only market companies I support, such as environmentally friendly ones, organic products, etc. You need to detach the negative stigma you have of PR, and realize news will be released and needs to reach it's clients one way or another. If you dislike "PR," then I'm assuming you don't own a television, because that's all that is.

nic said...

It won't be the same as anything else thrown up. The main people behind it are quite shamelessly into self promotion which is probably my biggest and will hopefully remain my only niggle.

BUT The fact of the matter remains, they are borne, essentially, out of one family of participants from 1 of 3(I think) Walter Segal Self-Build Trust / Lewisham Council self-build estates in the 70's that are populated with wonderfully cosy, well insulated, timber frame (and possibly modular) 'eco' type houses. According to CABE's website (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) "Walter Segal is often cited as the first architect to practice a truly participatory approach – in an era before public participation and user collaboration were accepted as viable or even possible."

As far as I am aware these pioneering participatory housing estates in Lewisham are Walters Way, Segal Close and Greenstreet Hill off Drakefell Road. (Walter Segal unfortunately died in 1985 half way through the project hence the honorary estate names - apparently no other roads in London are named after architects). He obviously inspired a lot of people. If you know of any other Walter Segal (type) housing in Lewisham please let me know.

The other partner in this conference is Living Space Housing Co-operative borne out of the award winning and much lauded Sanford Housing Co-operative in New Cross, SE14 (where the event is to be hosted). Further info / backstory on Sanford here : http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/sep/16/housing-coop-sustainable-living

See you there!!

nic said...

The last two lines are my own bit of shameless self promotion :)

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