Saving St. Raphael’s Estate: The Alternative to Demolition

Architects for Social Housing is pleased to announce the publication of our report on the design alternative to the demolition of St. Raphael’s estate in Neasden, in the London Borough of Brent. The result of two years’ work with residents, the report includes ASH’s proposals for the refurbishment of the estate’s 760 existing homes, the improvement … Continue reading Saving St. Raphael’s Estate: The Alternative to Demolition

The Unlawful Killing of Ian Tomlinson

Dedicated to the memory of Ian Tomlinson (7 February, 1962—1 April, 2009) and the 1,772 people who have died after contact with the police in England and Wales between 1990 and 2020, for not one of whose deaths has a police officer been convicted. 1 P.C. Simon Harwood killed Ian Tomlinson With a standard-issue extendable … Continue reading The Unlawful Killing of Ian Tomlinson

The Impact of Lockdown on UK Housing

This text was originally published by the Academy of Ideas at University of Buckingham in the People’s Lockdown Inquirer, a book-length report documenting the impact of lockdown restrictions on UK government, media, health, care homes, social work, education, schools, universities, children, the economy, work, industries, housing, prisons, transport, culture, arts, sport, society, rights and freedoms. The … Continue reading The Impact of Lockdown on UK Housing

In Our Defence: Freedom of Speech in the UK Biosecurity State

‘The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.’ — Milan Kundera In January of this year, ASH received a letter from the Architects Registration Board (ARB), a body created by The Architects Act 1997 to be the regulator of UK architects. It’s job is to enforce The Architects Code: Standards of … Continue reading In Our Defence: Freedom of Speech in the UK Biosecurity State

March for Freedom: London, 29 May, 2021

On Saturday 29 May, up to a million people from all over the UK (the march took 2 hours to pass a given point) marched from Parliament Square, up Whitehall, through Trafalgar Square, up the Charing Cross Road, along Oxford Street and out through West London to Shepherd’s Bush, where (after a few wrong turns in Acton) we peacefully … Continue reading March for Freedom: London, 29 May, 2021

Behind the Mask, the Conspiracy!

1. The Conspiracy within the Conspiracy Last week I watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind for the first time. Like everybody else, I was familiar with images from the film — Richard Dreyfuss making the iconic mountain out of a plate of mashed potato, the mothership (from which Parliament Funk unfortunately doesn’t descend) in … Continue reading Behind the Mask, the Conspiracy!

Brave New World: Expanding the UK Biosecurity State through the Winter of 2020-2021

Brave New World: Expanding the UK Biosecurity State through the Winter of 2020-2021, our second collection of articles on the coronavirus crisis, is available as a 203-page pdf file for a £10 donation to ASH through PayPal. As all our articles are, they are also available for free on this website. Preface This is the … Continue reading Brave New World: Expanding the UK Biosecurity State through the Winter of 2020-2021

Cui Bono? The COVID-19 ‘Conspiracy’

‘For whether or not the age of revolutions is over, the age of state-formation has only just begun.’ — T. J. Clark, Farewell to an Idea, 1999 Table of Contents What We Know The Conspiracy Paradox The Power of Nightmares Capitalising on the Crisis Disruption and Redeployment The Emerging Ideology Biosecurity as Cultic Practice The … Continue reading Cui Bono? The COVID-19 ‘Conspiracy’