Born OTD in 1924, British anarchist writer and social historian, Colin Ward. Ten lectures. Endless variations on a few simple but neglected truths. From An Anarchist Approach To Urban Planning, to Do-It-Yourself New Towns. Colin Ward is one of the few internationally known libertarian writers in the field of housing and other social issues. In this series of talks given to various audiences worldwide, he reveals the history of housing and town planning as a series of conflicts between the top-down approach to local adminstration, which prefers effeciency to democracy, and the grassroots approach, with emphasis on fostering self-reliance in citizens.

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Most of Ward’s works deal with the issue of rural housing and the problems of overpopulation and planning regulations in Britain to which he proposed anarchistic solutions. He was a keen admirer of architect Walter Segal who set up a ‘build it yourself’ system in Lewisham meaning that land that was too small or difficult to build on conventionally was given to people who with Segal’s help would build their own homes.

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