UK Tower Blocks are Getting Their Own Digital Domesday Book

By Nick Cowen on at

In news that’s sure to please anyone fond of staring at post-war buildings that look as though they were constructed to suck to souls out of their occupants, every tower block in the UK is set to be catalogued in a digital archive.

The Tower Blocks – Our Blocks project, created by historians at Edinburgh College Of Art – has been described by the BBC as a digital Domesday Book and will include images of towers constructed during the UK’s post war period – presumably even those we’ve deemed too ugly to look at.

The project’s being funded by a Heritage Lottery grant to the tune of £52,900 and that money will go towards digitizing 3,500 photographs of these human filing cabinets and collecting the stories of their occupants.

Some of the buildings earmarked for this catalogue include Everton flats in Liverpool, Birmingham's Chelmsley Wood, Manchester's Hulme redevelopment, and London estates Broadwater Farm, Thamesmead and Roehampton.

We at Gizmodo can’t wait for the project to be up and running – which will apparently be ready in 2017 – mainly due to the fact that our ugly building list could do with a refresh and having the images in all in one place would help immensely. It’s not like we’re lazy or anything. [BBC]

Image Credit: High density social housing from Shutterstock