The Arctic Town


c. 1973


The new Resolute Bay Town designed

by Ralph Erskine






Ralph Erskine,

by D. Mossman, C. Rowan, V. Peacock, H. Welch


Ralph Erskine: Architects on Architecture

"It's a matter of some concern that the architecture that seems to interest us a good deal doesn't seem to me to be involved in people'. Ralph Erskine discusses his recent work, including the redevelopment of the Byker area of Newcastle. For most of his career Erskine was based in Sweden where he designed numerous office buildings and housing developments. Concerned that the expression of buildings should engage the general public interest, generate a sense of ownership, and appeal to genuine participation, Erskine's philosophy of work accommodates the climate and the context together with the social and humanistic needs of people." AA School of Architecture




Ralph Erskine 2014







  • Peter Collymore: "The Architecture of Ralph Erskine", Academy Edition, 1994.

First published in 1981, this edition has been extensively updated and expanded. It features many new projects and includes over 140 new projects, 60 of which are complete, including: Clare College, Cambridge (new housing, 1968); the Ark, Hammersmith (offices, 1990); Byker Housing, Newcastle (1968-82) and new projects in Italy and the Netherlands. Much of Erskine's work has taken place in Scandinavia where his office in Drottningholm, Stockholm, is famous for unconventional methods of work. He is known for his ecological projects, which range from Scandinavia to Arctic Canada.


  • Peter Collymore: "Ralph Erskine", Spanish Edition, Editorial Gustavo Gili, 2001.


  • Peter Collymore: Ralph Erskine Planen Mit Dem Bewohner", German Edition.


  • Mats Egelius: Ralph Erskine, architect", Coronet Books, 1990.

















Even the longest journey begins with a first step! Systemic Habitats is on line since the 18th of May 2012. This website was created to publish online my ebook "Towards another habitat" on the contemporary architecture and urbanism. Later many other contents were added. For their direct or indirect contribution to its realisation, we would like to thank: Roberto Vacca, Marco Pizzuti, Fiorenzo and Raffaella Zampieri, Antonella Todeschini, All the Amici di Marco Todeschini, Ecaterina Bagrin, Stefania Ciocchetti, Marcello Leonardi, Joseph Davidovits, Frédéric Davidovits, Rossella Sinisi, Pasquale Cascella, Carlo Cesana, Filippo Schiavetti Arcangeli, Laura Pane, Antonio Montemiglio, Patrizia Piras, Bruno Nicola Rapisarda, Ruberto Ruberti, Marco Cicconcelli, Ezio Prato, Sveva Labriola, Rosario Francalanza, Giacinto Sabellotti, All the Amici di Gigi, Ruth and Ricky Meghiddo, Natalie Edwards, Rafael Schmitd, Nicola Romano, Sergio Bianchi, Cesare Rocchi, Henri Bertand, Philippe Salgarolo, Paolo Piva, Norbert Trenkle, Gaetano Giuseppe Magro, Carlo Blangiforti, Mario Ludovico, Riccardo Viola, Giulio Peruzzi, Ahmed Elgazzar, and last but not least the kind Staff of Ionos.   M.L.














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