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Neave Brown, in Memoriam

Horizontal Pioneer


A pioneer in British social housing passed away in London at the age of 88. Born in Utica, New York, in 1929, Neave Brown emigrated to the United Kingdom,where he studied at the Architectural Association and produced the bulk of his long career. Strongly committed to residential architecture at the service of the user and with a street-oriented urbanism as a central feature, he gave London’s Camden district a complete overhaul with projects like those on Dunboyne Road and Alexandra Road, which did away with the verticality then dominant in the construction of homes, and upheld high horizontal density as a strategy for ensuring the wellbeing of residents. His practical contributions and his coherent ideas earned him the RIBA Gold Medal a few months before his death.

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