Manifesto

Architects for Social Housing (ASH) was set up in March 2015 in order to respond architecturally to London’s housing ‘crisis’. We are a Community Interest Company that organises working collectives of architects, urban designers, engineers, surveyors, planners, film-makers, photographers, artists, writers and housing campaigners for individual projects. Tailored to meet specific needs, these collectives operate with … Continue reading Manifesto

The Regeneration of Ham Close Estate. Part 1: What the Green Party has learned from Labour

‘So much information and analysis here on the issue of social housing, starter homes, right-to-buy sell-offs and estate regeneration.’ – Andree Frieze, freelance journalist and Green Party candidate, Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside, on the reblog of ASH’s article Blitzkrieg! Sink Estates and Starter Homes in Action against Apathy (20 January 2016) ASH Facebook page, 26 … Continue reading The Regeneration of Ham Close Estate. Part 1: What the Green Party has learned from Labour

Bibliography for a Socialist Architecture: Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, Vancouver

As part of ASH’s residency at the 221A Gallery in Vancouver, the Pollyanna 圖書館 Library asked us to provide a bibliography of books to add to their collection that provide a written context to the four workshops we will be holding on the principles and practices of a socialist architecture. This is what we came up … Continue reading Bibliography for a Socialist Architecture: Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, Vancouver

Trust for London: ASH application for funding, June 2019

1. About Your Organisation Architects for Social Housing (ASH), Community Interest Company, no. 10383452, founded in 2015. 2. Main Aims and Activities a) Summarise the work of your organisation in no more than 50 words. ASH was founded in 2015 to offer an architectural response to London’s housing crisis. We produce both design and policy alternatives … Continue reading Trust for London: ASH application for funding, June 2019

The Right to the City: ASH Residency at the 221A Gallery, Vancouver

‘Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.’ – Bertolt Brecht For a Socialist Architecture (under Capitalism) Within the overall socio-economic context of Western democracies today, in which there is a cross-party consensus from the political establishment on the marketisation of housing provision, and whatever party forms … Continue reading The Right to the City: ASH Residency at the 221A Gallery, Vancouver

This is the Colour of my Dreams: Human displacement and boundaries in our environment. Paintings by Vanessa Gould

The following text was commissioned by Vanessa Gould-Rakoczy to accompany the exhibition of her work at the MA Visual Arts Summer Show 2019, which is running from 11-17 July at the Camberwell College of Arts, London. The series from which these paintings are drawn was begun following her volunteer work in the refugee camps on the island … Continue reading This is the Colour of my Dreams: Human displacement and boundaries in our environment. Paintings by Vanessa Gould

Countless Cities: Photographs by Alessia Gammarota

It is estimated that today the earth is inhabited by 7.7 billion people. More than half the world’s population lives in urban environments, and the process of abandoning rural areas continues to escalate. Climate change, economic upheaval and global migration to cities will define the future of humanity. It seems incredible, but we do not … Continue reading Countless Cities: Photographs by Alessia Gammarota

Representing What? The Rt Hon. Sajid Javid, Home Secretary

Sajid Javid was elected to be the Conservative Member of Parliament for the West Midlands constituency of Bromsgrove with 33,493 in the General Election of 2017. Javid has held the seat since 2010, when he first entered politics. Before that Javid was a banker, in which he had a meteoric rise. In 1994 he was … Continue reading Representing What? The Rt Hon. Sajid Javid, Home Secretary

The Persecution, Incarceration, Torture and Extra-Territorial Extradition of Julian Assange: Template for a letter to your Member of Parliament

This is a template for an e-mail in response to the United Nations report published last month on the collective persecution of Julian Assange, to be sent to the Members of Parliament and Peers who signed a letter to the Home Secretary calling for the extradition of Julian Assange to Sweden in violation of numerous … Continue reading The Persecution, Incarceration, Torture and Extra-Territorial Extradition of Julian Assange: Template for a letter to your Member of Parliament

Leaving the Garden: Brexit and the Housing Crisis

This presentation was given by ASH as part of a debate organised by Antarsya, an anti-capitalist co-operation of the Left in Greece, held at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, on 15 June, 2019. A recording of the entire event, which included presentations by Michael Roberts and Nikos Kapitsinis, is available below. … Continue reading Leaving the Garden: Brexit and the Housing Crisis