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Editorial: Balfron, Trellick and Glenkerry

Brutalist masterpieces, Erno Goldfinger’s Balfron and Trellick towers divide London into East and West, and divide opinion between lovers and haters.

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I made two visits to Erno Goldfinger’s brutalist architectural masterpieces. The first was for an article for The Big Issue examining the effects of modern high-rise architecture on the people that live in these often-hated tower blocks. The second, again for The Big Issue, looked at alternatives to leasehold/freehold, rent/buy, social/private dichotomies and their part in fuelling the repossessions crisis when the bubble burst in 2008. Glenkerry House, part of the Balfron Estate, has been run as a housing cooperative for decades.

 

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