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London County Council Architects Department
High rise apartment building developed from a standard type in use by the LCC. It contains 40 two bedroom and 2 one bedroom units. As intended the design was used on several sites of varying character.
Robert Matthew Johnson Marshal and Partners Architects
Fro the Ministry of Education
York University was one of seven new government sponsored universities built during the 1960's to increase the number of university places available to the population. (The perceived shortage was seen as a weakness in the culture and would if not addressed have hurt the economy.) The first Vice Chancellor (the equivalent of university president) was Lord James of Rusholme, a Labor peer and a distinguished educator. His intention, subsequently achieved, was make York a university appropriate to the science and technology of the times, to achieve this he degreed that the all building would be constructed with CLASP (Consortium of Local Authority Schools Program), a system devised for national school building. For his own house however he chose conventional brick construction and sought in the design both modest y and sympathy with the landscape. The house was placed at the end of a rural; lane by a grove of mature Chestnut trees. These had been part of an earlier made landscape and the house sat between the old and the lake lawns and garden of the new.
This was an experimental program in which a home for the infirm elderly, individuals in need of constant care, was linked to a range of efficiency apartments for mobile elderly. The objective was to provide the mobile group with care when needed, and give infirm the support and companionship of a larger community, reducing institutional isolation. The home accommodates 61 residents in 41 single and 7 double rooms. They are arranged on three floors around a landscaped courtyard. Each suite of rooms has an associated sitting area and on the ground floor there is an kitchen dining and handicraft room.
A bridge links the home with the apartment and both the mobile and the infirm can walk under cover to a recreation area and luncheon club. The director is housed in the renovated gate house which stood at the entrance to an estate which formally occupied the site.
District 13 Harlem New York City
School of Architecture Princeton University
This conceptual project sited over transit yards between 149 and 152 street on the East River, was developed to accommodate a program in which a third of the 3000 students would be bussed from outside the district. The two fold problem involved managing the transportation issues for all the students bussed and local and creating an introverted secure environment for this suite of schools.