Fabian Watkinson's book The golden age of Camden housing was published in September last year. This talk will look at council housing designed in the 1960s and 70s by an exceptionally talented group of young architects recruited by Camden's first Borough Architect, Sydney Cook. Foremost was Neave Brown, but the others included Gordon Benson and Alan Forsyth, Bill Forest, and Peter Tabori. They resisted the enormous pressure to build tower blocks and use industrialised building techniques. Instead they created modern versions of the traditional street, not estates cut off from the world around. With their light-filled and exciting interiors these belong to a brief golden age when Camden's architects believed that nothing was too good for council housing.
Fabian Watkinson has lived on the Whittington Estate for over twenty years. He regularly welcomes visitors for London Open House and has led walks on Camden's housing for architectural students and the Twentieth Century Society. A musician by profession, he studied composition with Alexander Goehr at Leeds University and with Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatoire.