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

ASH Co-Housing: Design Option for the Brixton Housing Co-operative

This co-housing project is the fourth time in recent years that ASH has worked with housing co-operatives as a way to build the much-needed social housing that London councils and housing associations have abandoned in favour of market-sale and shared-ownership properties and other forms of so-called ‘affordable’ housing. The first time was with the Patmore … Continue reading ASH Co-Housing: Design Option for the Brixton Housing Co-operative

When the House Burns: Giorgio Agamben on the Coronavirus Crisis

In February of this year the Italian philosopher, Giorgio Agamben, started writing short commentaries on the coronavirus crisis in Italy. Published online by Quodlibet, these drew widespread and almost universal condemnation from every quarter, not only by academics, psychologists and students but by his fellow philosophers. I have written about this attempt to silence Agamben’s … Continue reading When the House Burns: Giorgio Agamben on the Coronavirus Crisis

ASH House: Design Options for the Drive Housing Co-operative

Over the past few years, Architects for Social Housing has increasingly explored alternative ways of funding and building social housing to the current mainstream of local authority and housing association, which is signally failing both existing residents and those in housing need. In accordance with the neo-liberalisation of housing provision in the UK, housing associations … Continue reading ASH House: Design Options for the Drive Housing Co-operative

The Infection of Science by Politics: A Nobel Laureate and Biophysicist on the Coronavirus Crisis

On 29 June, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings convened an online session titled ‘Corona: The Role of Science in Times of Crisis’. The participants included three Nobel Laureates: Professor Peter C. Docherty, an immunologist and pathologist from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a recipient of the Nobel … Continue reading The Infection of Science by Politics: A Nobel Laureate and Biophysicist on the Coronavirus Crisis

The New Normal: What is the UK Biosecurity State? (Part 2. Normalising Fear)

‘From many sides the hypothesis is now being formulated that in reality we are experiencing the end of a world, that of bourgeois democracies, founded on rights, parliaments and the division of powers, which is giving way to a new despotism; that, as regards the pervasiveness of controls and the cessation of all political activity, … Continue reading The New Normal: What is the UK Biosecurity State? (Part 2. Normalising Fear)

COVID-19: Implementing the UK Biosecurity State

COVID-19: Implementing the UK Biosecurity State, our collected articles on the coronavirus crisis, is available as a 284-page pdf file for £10 donation to ASH through PayPal: PREFACE These articles, published on the Architects for Social Housing website between March and August 2020, do not constitute a book. Instead, they are a compilation of the … Continue reading COVID-19: Implementing the UK Biosecurity State

The New Normal: What is the UK Biosecurity State? (Part 2. Normalising Fear)

‘From many sides the hypothesis is now being formulated that in reality we are experiencing the end of a world, that of bourgeois democracies, founded on rights, parliaments and the division of powers, which is giving way to a new despotism; that, as regards the pervasiveness of controls and the cessation of all political activity, … Continue reading The New Normal: What is the UK Biosecurity State? (Part 2. Normalising Fear)

The New Normal: What is the UK Biosecurity State? (Part 1. Programmes and Regulations)

‘The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the “state of emergency” in which we live is not the exception but the rule. We must attain to a conception of history that is in keeping with this insight. Then we shall clearly realise that it is our task to bring about a real state of … Continue reading The New Normal: What is the UK Biosecurity State? (Part 1. Programmes and Regulations)

The Science and Law of Refusing to Wear Masks: Texts and Arguments in Support of Civil Disobedience

‘The only truly political action is that which severs the nexus between violence and law.’ — Giorgio Agamben, State of Exception Table of Contents Government Guidance and the Law Benefits and Dangers of Wearing Masks Asymptomatic Transmission of Coronavirus Surveillance and Compliance Civil Disobedience Appendix: Medical Advice against Wearing Masks Addendum 1: New Regulations on … Continue reading The Science and Law of Refusing to Wear Masks: Texts and Arguments in Support of Civil Disobedience

Lockdown: Collateral Damage in the War on COVID-19

‘At issue is an entire conception of the destinies of human society from a perspective that, in many ways, seems to have adopted the apocalyptic idea of the end of the world from religions whose suns are now setting. Having replaced politics, even the economy, in order to govern, must now be integrated with the … Continue reading Lockdown: Collateral Damage in the War on COVID-19