simon butterworth

RED ROAD V

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This series of photographs documents the failure of a social engineering experiment, stemming from a post-war rehousing plan designed for the residents of overpopulated slums. Inspired by Le Corbusier?s architecture, the 8 large blocks of the residential plan for a major complex nicknamed Red Road in Glasgow, were completed in the mid-sixties. With a capacity of 4700 people, they were considered at the time to be the tallest residential structures in Europe. Unfortunately their steel construction was coated with a large quantity of asbestos. In the seventies, the Red Road towers also lost their reputation owing to an increase in criminal activity, to the extent that in 2005, the decision was finally made to demolish them.

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