The Future of St. Raphael’s Estate: Design Options by Karakusevic Carson Architects and their role in the consultation of residents by Brent Council

‘Residents should be closely involved in shaping the priorities for estate regeneration and options for achieving these priorities. To achieve this, options appraisals should be open and transparent. They should assess the full range of social, economic, and environmental costs and benefits of different options.’ — Better Homes for Local People: The Mayor’s Good Practice Guide … Continue reading The Future of St. Raphael’s Estate: Design Options by Karakusevic Carson Architects and their role in the consultation of residents by Brent Council

The Campaign for St. Raphael’s Estate: Fighting a Social and Environmental Disaster

St. Raphael’s estate is built on land between the North Circular Road and the River Brent in Stonebridge and Neasden, North-west London. The housing is a mix of maisonettes in 4-storey blocks, flats in low-rise blocks, bungalows and, in the earlier development to the east, terraced town-houses provide 1,174 homes for over 3,000 people (below). … Continue reading The Campaign for St. Raphael’s Estate: Fighting a Social and Environmental Disaster

The Fight for Montreal Square: Questions and Strategies for Housing Campaigners

In September 2018 Architects for Social Housing received a letter from the Residents Association of Montreal Square in Cambridge (above) asking for advice on opposing the demolition and redevelopment of its 18-homes for social rent by the landlord, Cambridge Housing Society (CHS). The following month I went to talk to residents, and over a 3-hour … Continue reading The Fight for Montreal Square: Questions and Strategies for Housing Campaigners

The Regeneration of Ham Close Estate. Part 2: For a Socialist Architecture

This case study continues on from The Regeneration of Ham Close. Part 1: What the Green Party has learned from Labour. In the first part of this case study I looked at the justifications given to me by Andree Frieze, the Green Party ward councillor for Ham, Petersham and Riverside Drive, for demolishing Ham Close … Continue reading The Regeneration of Ham Close Estate. Part 2: For a Socialist Architecture

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

Public Subsidies for Private Profit: The Colville Estate Regeneration

The two towers of Hoxton Press are the third phase in the regeneration of Hackney’s Colville estate. Completed last year on the estate’s prime location directly opposite Shoreditch Park, they have received numerous awards and garnered rave reviews. ‘A model for estate redevelopment’, claimed the Architects’ Journal. ‘Some of the best council housing ever built’, … Continue reading Public Subsidies for Private Profit: The Colville Estate Regeneration

What is Community-led Housing? Proposal for a Co-operative Housing Development

Brixton Gardens, architectural rendering by Leonie Weber What is ‘community-led housing’? The phrase is used these days with increasing frequency, but what does it mean? How can it embrace the resource and advice hub set up by the London Mayor to build more affordable housing, and which has just been allocated £38 million of funds, and, … Continue reading What is Community-led Housing? Proposal for a Co-operative Housing Development

The Carpenters Estate: A Fresh Start or Business as Usual at Newham Council?

On the 27 October 2018, at a meeting between members of the Focus E15 Campaign and Rokhsana Fiaz, the Mayor of Newham, and members of her new administration, it was agreed that Architects for Social Housing would make a presentation to Newham council on the financial, social and environmental benefits of estate refurbishment and infill … Continue reading The Carpenters Estate: A Fresh Start or Business as Usual at Newham Council?

Questions without Answers: Reginald House and Old Tidemill Garden

On 19 October I wrote the following on the Save Reginald Save Tidemill Facebook page. My comment was written in response to a shared statement by Lewisham Labour Councillor Joe Dromey, the Cabinet Member for Finance, Skills and Jobs, that he had originally made on the I Love Deptford page about the regeneration scheme. The son of Harriet … Continue reading Questions without Answers: Reginald House and Old Tidemill Garden

The Duties of an Architect: Regeneration and Gentrification in New Mildmay

‘In carrying out or agreeing to carry out professional work, Architects should pay due regard to the interests of anyone who may reasonably be expected to use or enjoy the products of their own work. Whilst Architects’ primary responsibility is to their clients, they should nevertheless have due regard to their wider responsibility to conserve … Continue reading The Duties of an Architect: Regeneration and Gentrification in New Mildmay