Chris C.M. Lee + Golden Lane
... a conversation on type
Type: Interview
Date: 2022

School: Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

Publication: PAIRS 03

For issue 03, I spoke with Chris about Alison and Peter Smithson’s 1953 proposal for Golden Lane, an urban housing competition for the city of London. A series of 16-story high slab buildings linked by a network of “streets in the sky”, the proposal focused on four distinct scales: the house, the street, the district, and the city. Although never built, the proposal for Golden Lane became the ideological predecessor to Robin Hood Gardens and challenged post-war housing typologies in England. What followed was a conversation about type, housing as infrastructure, architecture’s capacity to engender new social conditions, and most notably—architects and their enduring ideological projects.

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