The Pepys Estate in Deptford, South London, one of the largest post war housing projects.  Photo Tony Ray-Jones , 1970

The Pepys Estate in Deptford, South London, one of the largest post war housing projects. Photo Tony Ray-Jones , 1970

LIVING WITH BUILDINGS

WHAT? Health & Architecture 

WHERE? Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, London NW1 2B - No tickets required, free entry 

WHEN? Up until March 3 

WHY GO? Architects have a lot to answer for - namely, creating a safe roof over our heads! This FREE, compact exhibition illustrates how fundamental our home is to our well being and couldn’t be more relevant after Grenfell. From slums to high rise blocks, urban planners make mega decisions that affect us for decades, with timely examples of how things were then and are now . 

IN THE KNOW J.G. Ballard’s book High-Rise was published when the Barbican was being built and is a disturbing take on life in high rise towers. It was the basis of Ben Wheatley’s dystopian film High Rise (2015), and worth a watch if you want a peek of the normally suave Tom Hiddleston in the buff on that balcony!