Slip Street is a development of our Slip House project, designed as a flexibly planned, detached three-storey town house. Thus we see it as a prototype for a new type of terraced-house street typology, updating a proven urban design pattern used in the UK since Georgian developers first deployed it; Let’s call it Slip Street.
We see this typology and our proposed neighbourhood layout as a potential framework which could encompass full self build, self build fit-out of a structural frame, small scale developer and housing association / community self build groups; probably a mix of all. Perhaps an Architect in Residence would be assigned to each block or street to form a long-term relationship with a group of self-builders and community build groups to provide some cohesion and adherence to overall design criteria.
Parks and Allotments
Every fourth or fifth terrace could be replaced with a green strip. Some may be allotments or orchards, some play areas or just green spaces. The ends of these spaces would be good places for community workshops and halls; the space you sometimes need in the city but can’t afford. One or two missed houses along terraces could also allow for transverse ‘pocket parks’ allowing people to move across the housing grid following local desire lines (and cycle routes). These green spaces can also importantly provide the area for slinky heating coils for use with centralised heating systems (with heat pumps). They may also provide space for pooled PV-T’s.