His piece in the Telegraph urges us not to blame the slum estates of the sixties for the criminal behaviour of the underclass. Not that he likes or approves of the architecture, you understand, but because those who live in Albany refrain from crack dealing in the stairwells whilst those who live in Ernest Bevin House do not. Meades sums it up;
exclusion – initially expressed through truancy and minor delinquency – is wrought by people on themselves, by their irresponsibility and failure to integrate, because their life is an incompatible synthesis of primitivism and envy, of ill-education and consumerist desireUnfortunately he stops there, hesitant perhaps at wandering too far from architectural history. More, Jonathan, please.