The Social Housing Ride

Saturday 25th November 2006

Trellick Tower, North Kensington. (Architect: Erno Goldfinger)

Were the sixties all bad?

This month's ride challenged pre-conceptions about social housing in the sixties, and saw the return of Peter Murray, curator of the New London Architecture gallery and founder of London's Architecture Biennnale and Blueprint magazine, for another great ride.

We started at the Aylesbury Estate just behind Elephant and Castle shopping centre, which was shortly to be demolished. We then visited the Tachbrook Street estate (above) in Pimlico.

We then to cycled up to Kilburn for the Warwick Estate (GLC Architects - above) at Little Venice, then onto Trellick Tower (top picture), Notting Hill, designed by Erno Goldfinger.

Then we headed for Alexandra Road (above), Swiss Cottage (Camden Council Architects), and the Brunswick Estate (Patrick Hodgkinson) Bloomsbury.

Click here to read about the last ride Peter Murray led with Lambeth Cyclists.

About our guide

Peter Murray (above) has curated many architectural exhibitions including 'Living Bridges' at the Royal Academy in 1996 - the UK 's most popular architectural show. Murray trained as an architect but gave up practice to work as a writer and communicator. He was editor of Building Design newspaper and then the RIBA Journal.

In 1983 he launched Blueprint magazine; this was followed by Eye, the international review of graphic design and Tate magazine for the Tate Gallery. He is chairman of Wordsearch (, the leading specialist consultancy in the explanation and promotion of architecture, planning and the built environment.

He has worked on major projects around the world including Broadgate in the UK, Taipei 101 in Taiwan, Union Square in Hong Kong, and Avant Seine in Paris. He is author of "The Saga of Sydney Opera house" and "Architecture and Commerce".

In 2004 he launched the first London Architecture Biennale in Clerkenwell. He is Honorary Secretary of the Bedford Park Society.

(all photos: Philip Loy)