Municipal Dreams: John Boughton and Owen Hatherley

In Municipal Dreams (Verso), John Boughton charts the often surprising story of council housing in Britain, from the slum clearances of the Victorian age through to the Grenfell Tower disaster. It’s a history packed with incident – with utopians, visionaries and charlatans, with visionary planners and corrupt officials – and Boughton combines it with an architectural tour of some of the best remaining examples, as well as some of the more ordinary places that millions of people have come to call home.

He was in conversation about his book with Owen Hatherley, architectural historian and author of, most recently, Red Metropolis.