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 the benefits it can bring are clearly profound - to see something anew, in a …

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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 a great stretch of imagination does it! The estate was officially titled Galton Village, or …

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 the Midlands. It's actually not all that exciting an experience, but it's a nippy little …

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 local authorities in the region. I now find myself looking out at tower blocks all …

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: 276 blocks containing 17428 dwellings, housing how many people? My next question: Who lived in …