Melbourne Film / 13 Sept | BRIT BRUTE NIGHT: Saving Britain’s Past | The Barbican: A Middle Class Council Estate | Street’s in the sky

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Film: Saving Britain’s Past – Streets in the sky – Park Hill

2010, Produced by BCB UK, 28mins

One episode of the series charting the development of the conservation movement in Britain since the Second World War. Architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff visits the most controversial listed building in Britain: the Park Hill flats in Sheffield. Although it was once heralded as the most pioneering public housing scheme in Britain, decades of decline and neglect have transformed it into a grim sink estate. Now it’s protected by English Heritage and raises questions about what we should be saving for the nation.

Print courtesy of BBC UK.

Image: © Wikimedia Commons

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Film: The Barbican: A Middle Class Council Estate

2015, Produced by The Architecture Foundation, 5:50mins

The Barbican is one of the most remarkable housing estates in the world. Designed in the mid 20th century by British firm, Chamberlin, Powell and Bon and commissioned by the local authority, it is a unique chapter in the story of state-led architecture with much to teach us today.

In this film, a collaboration between The Architectural Review 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.

Print and image courtesy of The Architecture Foundation.

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Film: Streets in the Sky (Robin Hood Gardens)

2015, Dir. Joe Gilbert, 7mins.

The film is a short tribute to Alison and Peter Smithson’s Robin Hood Gardens, a social housing blocks located in Poplar, East London, which —as of August 2015— is set to be demolished. Accompanied of commentary from Timothy Brittain-Catlin, the film shows us the buildings’ history and recent threats, in a context of monochrome shots which showing the current situation of willful neglect.

The ‘Streets in the Sky’, made famous by the Smithsons and both widely praised and criticised as a response to the collapse of low-density terrace housing.

Print and image courtesy of Metalocus.

Trailer HERE