City Crit: Alexandra Road with Douglas Murphy

Join writer, architect and local resident Douglas Murphy for a tour of the Grade II* listed Alexandra Road estate in Swiss Cottage, Camden


11:00am, Saturday, 24 August 2019


01:00pm, Saturday, 24 August 2019

Tour Guides:

Douglas Murphy

Tickets: £15 Standard // AF Members and Supporters can receive 20% Discount with code

Duration: 2.5 hrs

Start: Meet outside Ye Olde Swiss Cottage pub, 98 Finchley Rd, London NW3 5EL

Getting There: Swiss Cottage underground station

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Take a tour of Neave Brown’s extraordinary Alexandra and Ainsworth estate, constructed as public housing between 1972 and 1978 on a challenging constrained by the busy West Coast Main Line to the north.

Arranged as a series of three parallel East-West blocks bounded by Boundary Road, Loudoun Road and Abbey Road – the development features an enormous pair of rowed terraces which create a continuous pedestrian walkway, known as Rowley Way.

Murphy’s tour will explore the surrounding environs and delve into the unique details of this exemplar high-density public housing scheme, accessing the well-preserved original interiors of several apartments.

Tour Guide:

Douglas Murphy

Douglas Murphy is a writer and architect. He is the author of the books ‘Last Futures’ and ‘The Architecture of Failure’. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art, and is currently ‘architecture correspondent’ at Icon magazine, as well as writing for a wide range of publications on architecture, fine art and photography.

He has taught and lectured at Oxford University, UCL, The Royal College of Art, The Architectural Association, ETH Zurich, Historical Materialism Conference, The London Art Fair and London Design Festival among others, and has appeared on BBC Radio and Frieze TV.