The High-Rise Home: Verticality as Practice in London


This article investigates the relationship between verticality and home. It develops the idea of ‘verticality as practice’. This appreciates verticality not as something that takes place in three-dimensional landscapes, but as the outcome of everyday practical activity. Examining a modernist high-rise estate, the Aylesbury Estate in London, the article identifies and examines a range of vertical practices, illustrating how they are intertwined with home. Vertical practices, such as those associated with the view, help to make a unique and special home, becoming intensely meaningful to residents. However, they also unmake dimensions of home when they interact with the estate’s marginality.