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Forgotten plotlanders: learning from the survival of lost informal housing in the UK

Bower, Richard 2016. Forgotten plotlanders: learning from the survival of lost informal housing in the UK. Housing, Theory and Society 34 (1) , pp. 79-105. 10.1080/14036096.2016.1197850

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Abstract

Colin Ward’s discourses on the arcadian landscape of ‘plotlander’ housing are unique documentations of the anarchistic birth, life, and death of the last informal housing communities in the UK. Today the forgotten history of ‘plotlander’ housing documented by Ward can be re-read in the context of both the apparently never-ending ‘housing crisis’ in the UK, and the increasing awareness of the potential value of learning from comparable informal housing from the Global South. This papers observations of a previously unknown and forgotten plotlander site offers a chance to begin a new conversation regarding the positive potential of informal and alternative housing models in the UK and wider Westernised world.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1403-6096
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 November 2017
Date of Acceptance: 4 June 2016
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 23:05
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/106626

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