Sir Basil Urwin Spence, 1907 - 1976. Architect1949
After the Second World War, the need for better housing became a central political issue. Many local authorities, now run by the Labour party, set out to build large numbers of council-owned homes. In Scotland, the architect Sir Basil Spence designed houses, schools and university buildings, but his name is forever linked with the gigantic Hutchesontown 'C' redevelopment in Glasgow's Gorbals district. These high-rise buildings, with inside toilets and large balconies, were intended as high-quality alternatives to the area’s slum tenements. However, social exclusion and poor execution of the designs meant that the buildings deteriorated very quickly into dirty and dilapidated dwellings. Social problems and deprivation persisted, and the buildings were eventually demolished in 1993.
- Credits Purchased 1984
- Medium Silver gelatine print
- Size 25.40 x 30.40 cm
- © Lida Moser/National Galleries of Scotland