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Segal, Part 70

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Segal, part 71

This drawer (the fourth down, on the left) , is opened and labelled Walter Segal in July 2019, now that there are books contracted and underway – Walter Segal: Self-built Architect by John McKean & Alice Grahame (Lund Humphries) and  Walter Segal by John McKean in the ’20th century English Architects’ series which The 20th Century Society with RIBA and Historic England set on a fine trail and of which University of Liverpool Press have very recently taken the reins.

Here are a jumbled few notes and yellowing cuttings over recent years regarding an ongoing interest Mr. Segal.  However, elsewhere in this filing cabinet is a large envelope labelled Walter Segal (goodness, it turns red when you hover over it!), and in there are found various substantial, pre-digital texts I have written about Mr. Segal, mostly centuries ago, which anyone interested is welcome to steal as downloadable pdf files.

Walter Segal talking through the space left alongside his cigar, sitting in the first self-built house in his system, Mr and Mrs Holland’s house, seen in poster on right. Both photographs: John McKean

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Segal, part 69: Celebrating Segal via Walters Way and Segal Close: The Building Centre, London, 24 July 2017

Alice Grahame (author+inhabitant), Jon Broome (architect), John McKean (biographer),Pauline Kennedy (self-builder), Kareem Dayes (RUSS self-builder+inhabitant),Tom Dyckhoff (enthusiast), Taran Wilkhu (photographer)

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Segal, part 68: event 24 July in London

Walter Segal next Monday – do read Rowan Moore’s great piece in The Observer 16 July – and join us!

An evening celebration of the life and work of Walter Segal is at The Building Centre from 6.30 pm on 24th July 2017

Places can be booked and full details found here .

Walter Segal photograph by John McKean

Launching the book Walters Way and Segal Close: Walter Segal and London’s Self-Build Community, its authors Alice Grahame and Taran Wilkhu (Segal residents) will be joined by 

Tom Dyckhoff, TV presenter and Segal enthusiast

Jon Broome, architect and Segal’s partner, and self-builder of a house in Segal Close

and me, currently gearing up to republication of a revised edition of my 30-year old biography of Walter Segal.

Do join us! 

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Segal 67: Walter Segal – William Morris – Colin Ward

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Segal part 66: Assembling Segal at the AA

assemble-segal tweeFinal preparations for the Walter Segal exhibition at the Architectural Association which opened with a packed party last night. In the foreground, a “Segal” pavilion by Assemble – winners of the latest Turner Prize – which now replaces the ‘temporary little house’ Segal built in his Highgate garden.

Beyond the model, to the left, are John Frazer and his wife, who built an interactive computer model of Segal’s system in 1980s to aid clients in designing themselves; to the right of the column are Jon Broome, Segal’s partner and successor with self-build; Nicholas Taylor, author of The Village in the City and, as Lewisham housing chair, the key enabler of the Segal method being taken up by a public housing authority; and John Segal, the architect’s son (seen again below portrait of Walter Segal by his father, Arthur Segal).

Five minutes after this picture was taken, there was barely room to move.

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Architecture Today – open agenda around Walter Segal and others

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(This is published today, 11 January 2016, in Architecture Today and is not yet on their website. Scroll down for previous post on Walter Segal, exhibition, and links to texts)

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Segal, part 65: Walter Segal exhibition and debate

A Walter Segal exhibition is at The Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square London, from 16th January until 13th February – more details here.

I have only just learned the details myself, from this tweet.Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 23.37.41

As part of that event, there is a panel discussion on Walter Segal and the Future of Self-Build, with Jon Broome (Segal’s collaborator years ago, and today a leading exemplar of timber-frame, self-build and low-energy buildings), Charlie Luxton (architect well known from regular television appearances) and Alice Graham (exhibition promoter, journalist and inhabitant of a Segal-Broome house at Walter’s Way).

It will be at the Architectural Association on 26th January at 6.00 pm.

I have written much about Walter Segal, including but not only his pioneering of self-built timber-frame affordable houses for those on local authory lists as being in housing need.

The only book on Segal is my Learning from Segal (Birkhaueser, 1989) now long out of print.  But various other writings on Segal are now available here.

Walter Segal photographed by John McKean

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Walter Segal

The Open Houses Walter Segal Day on Saturday, 19 September 2015,  was great fun

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Alice Grahame has got a great website started at http://www.waltersegal.org

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Walter Segal Soon

Currently there is simply a cupboard not properly cleared out and sorted on this website of Walter Segal stuff here.

Impetus is returning and soon I hope it will be stacked with loads of accessible goodies.

Meanwhile, anyone further interested – not least interested in the developing notion of using crowd funding to produce a much revised and updated of my book on Segal which is over 25 years old – do please get in touch by email.

 

 

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