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Low-rise radical: An interview with Peter Barber

Words: Matt Moody

Peter Barber designs housing that is economical in its use of space and money, but also liberating in its sociability and concern for the most vulnerable in society. Matt Moody digs into the philosophy of one of the UK’s most radical architects

Social distancing Peter Barber and his team are used to working closely together, having operated out of a tiny shopfront studio in King’s Cross since 2002. On the day of our interview, however, the UK has been plunged into pandemic-enforced lockdown, and Barber’s tight-knit team has been dispersed.When he answers the phone, it’s from a “sunny rooftop” in Brighton, with seagulls cawing in the........
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