Robin Hood Gardens and the Rehabilitation of Post-War Mass Housing in London


  • Aranzazu Melon




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


In London, in the context of a shortfall of homes that has achieved the status of “housing crisis”, the replacement of obsolete social housing stock, inherited from the post-war period of mass production, for housing that satisfies the demands of the private market and the need for more sustainable cities is one of the main issues for the 21st century. Robin Hood Gardens’ demolition will become a paradigm for the positions to be taken respecting urban obsolescence. Across London, one can see examples that show how, by the criteria of contemporary urban planning, the domestic and urban potential of much of the post-war social housing stock makes it difficult for the current owner, the local government, to invest in its refurbishment and to keep its status as social housing.

How to Cite

Melon, A. (2014). Robin Hood Gardens and the Rehabilitation of Post-War Mass Housing in London. Docomomo Journal, (51), 16–21.




Author Biography

Aranzazu Melon

(b. 1977, Vigo, Spain). MSc in Architecture (2005), Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de La Coruña, Spain. After finishing studies, Aranzazu Melon worked in London for Chris Dyson Architects (2005–2009). During 2009–2011, she took the Master Laboratory of the Sustainable Housing for the 21st Century in ETSAB (Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona) and collaborated with Montaner Muxi architects. She currently works in residential refurbishment projects at McAdam Architects in London.


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