This project aims to challenge the role that the suburbs plays in London’s ecosystem, as land-intensive, carbon-intensive, low-density commuter dormitories that have the potential for so much more.
The title ‘Not in My Back Yard !’ critiques the conservatism and compromised individualism symbolised by the interwar semi-detached house, whilst referring to the project’s ultimate proposal: to do just that – build in people’s back yards. This project seeks to convince the reader that this is not only an environmentally and financially attractive option for the existing suburban homeowner, but also a social and sustainable imperative for the city at large.
Just as the speculative builders of the interwar period established development principles that were able to rolled out on a large scale, this project seeks to demonstrate how the modular fabric of the interwar period can be retrofitted with sustainable principles, whilst simultaneously densifying the block.
The Wrythe, Sutton