Byker Wall: Newcastle’s noble failure of an estate – a history of cities in 50 buildings

Ralph Erskine’s Grade II-listed council estate, built to replace the old Byker neighbourhood, is an examplar of design and public participation – and proof that it is rarely in the interests of people to demolish their original homes

Pruitt-Igoe: the troubled high-rise that came to define urban America – a history of cities in 50 buildings

From its fanfare opening in 1954 to its live-on-TV demolition three decades later, the St Louis public housing project remains a powerful symbol of the social, racial and architectural tensions that dogged America’s cities in the mid-20th century.