Category Archives: Block Capital

The Planner’s Eye

Heath Town Estate, Wolverhampton, by Smileyface on the Skyscraper City website. Click the pic for a link to some truly frightening pictures of the estate at its worst. Multi- and inter-disciplinary research is a major part of academia these days, and … Continue reading

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Concrete Jungle

Many thanks to Kate Gordon, who got in touch after last week’s post on the concrete jungle of the West Smethwick estate. She very kindly provided some fantastic photos showing just how the estate got its nickname – doesn’t take … Continue reading

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It’s like a Jungle sometimes

I’ve come across a couple of people lately who have mentioned that they grew up in the “concrete jungle” in Smethwick, online and in the flesh. It’s one of those folk names that will never be recorded officially, but that … Continue reading

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Maps, tower blocks, and tower block maps

I mentioned the other day about the fun you can have tracing old features like canals onto modern maps. The vice versa is true as well of course, and I’ve been playing with some olde maps of Stourbridge to demonstrate. Although … Continue reading

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Bilston

Yesterday I had the pleasure of a visit to Bilston. I recognise that that’s not an ordinary sort of statement, but I liked it. Firstly I had a go on the tram, which I’ve been waiting for since moving to … Continue reading

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“To enter modern slums”

I came across a quote this morning, cited in Lindsey Hanley’s Estates:  A tenant of Ronan Point who was offered temporary accommodation in the home of a neighbour after the explosion told the BBC:”I wouldn’t live there rent-free”. In his book, … Continue reading

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Stourbridge towers

In the Block Capital project, we’re looking at a number of specific tower blocks in the Black Country, in Bilston, Willenhall, Darlaston, Wednesbury and Tipton. But these number just 20 of the 276 blocks that were built by the various … Continue reading

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Data

I finally finished off collating data on all the tower blocks in the Black Country. I recognise that it makes me weird, but it was great fun playing with a spreadsheet. I now have mappable data of all these buildings: … Continue reading

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