29 August 2012
Dr Richard Baxter has been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship for a project titled Home and inhabitation: a biography of the Aylesbury Estate.
The Aylesbury Estate in South London, one of the largest modernist high-rise estates in Europe, was built in the 1960s and 70s as a solution to the post-war housing shortage and problem of slum tenement neighbourhoods. However, it declined and became known as one of the most notorious estates in the UK.
Despite growing interest in home on the margins of society, academic scholarship has yet to explore the ‘vilified’ high-rise estate as home. As a result, Dr Baxter will provide a biography of the Aylesbury Estate as home, from its ‘birth’ to its ‘death’. The estate is gradually being demolished as part of the wider regeneration of the Elephant and Castle area.
Affiliated with the Centre for Studies of Home, the research involves collaboration with the Geffrye Museum where a final exhibition will take place. There is also a partnership with Southwark Council. Dr Baxter will be mentored by Professor Alison Blunt at the School of Geography.