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Joe Ridealgh  

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A Piece of the Pub


This project proposes a model of building new housing estates that embeds community owned pubs as the social core of each neighbourhood. It will demonstrate the social potential that pub reformation can offer and imagine a neighbourhood where every resident owns a piece of the pub. The public house, whilst public is name, has primarily been a private venture by speculative developers. Although pubs may appear to the populace as relics of Victorian splendour or quaint pastoralism, the most prolific time for pub building was in fact the mid 20th century, in tandem with the post-war transformation of Britain’s housing. Pub builders and the State alike have historically positioned public houses at strategic points of new residential developments, embedding social centres into new estates.

Now, despite a renewed impetus to build housing, Britain’s pubs are in rapid decline, no longer seen as an important part of a new neighbourhood. Why now has housing development cut its ties with the provision of social space? By positioning this study in Carlisle, I can track the ambition and legacy of the state overhaul of pubs in the interwar period, the Carlisle Experiment, whilst foregrounding the design of an alternative vision for the proposed Garden Village to the south of the city.
Carlisle, UK



Joe Ridealgh

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