The Global History of Tower Blocks


Free Public Lecture by Professor Miles Glendinning University of Edinburgh

 2pm—3.30pm Tues 11th November 2014

Arena Theatre Wulfruna St, Wolverhampton WV1 1SE


In Britain, ‘tower blocks’ were once seen as one of the greatest triumphs of the post-war Welfare State and the architectural Modern Movement. They then became the target of widespread criticism, and many have been demolished. But Britain’s dramatic engagement with modernist ‘mass housing’ was only one small piece in a vast global mosaic of state-sponsored social housing production – a ‘war’ against ‘bad housing’ and social instability which spanned much of the 20th century, and continues today in fast-developing Eastern Asia

This international overview by Professor Glendinning, the leading authority on the subject, is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund-supported project Block Capital, a participative history of high rise council flats in the Black Country –


Image: St Mary’s Court, built in 1964 by Willenhall UDC Courtesy Chaz Mason



A Global History of Tower Blocks & Mass Housing