An Exemplary Regeneration: King’s Crescent Estate

‘It’s a question of never demolishing, never reducing or replacing; always adding, transforming and reusing.’ – Frédéric Druot, Anne Lacaton, Jean Philippe Vassal, PLUS : Large-scale Housing Development (2004) The regeneration of the King’s Crescent estate in Hackney is an exemplary regeneration. Everyone says so. Philip Glanville, the current Mayor of Hackney and former Cabinet Member … Continue reading An Exemplary Regeneration: King’s Crescent Estate

Sheffield Tent City and the Social Cleansing of Park Hill Estate

In the new year ASH visited Park Hill Estate in Sheffield. We went to look around the estate and see the renovations. Park Hill has often been compared to London’s Robin Hood Gardens, which unlike Park Hill was refused listing by English Heritage, and we wanted to see why one building had been saved for renovation … Continue reading Sheffield Tent City and the Social Cleansing of Park Hill Estate

The Intellectual Bloodstain: Academia and Social Cleansing on the Ferrier Estate

From a talk given outside the London School of Economics and Political Science on Thursday, 29 September 2016, as part of Resist: Festival of Ideas and Actions. ‘All the water in the sea is not enough to wash away one intellectual bloodstain.’ - Isidore Ducasse (1870) It’s an honour to be speaking here outside an institution of … Continue reading The Intellectual Bloodstain: Academia and Social Cleansing on the Ferrier Estate

Reflections on the Outcome of the Public Inquiry into the Aylesbury Estate Compulsory Purchase Order

Refurbishment versus Demolition and Rebuild As an independent academic witness at the Public Inquiry into the Aylesbury Estate Compulsory Purchase Order (held on 28 April-1 May, 12 May, and 13–14 October, 2015), a key aspect of the evidence I gave was based on a study of the documents circulated to the meeting of the Executive Committee of … Continue reading Reflections on the Outcome of the Public Inquiry into the Aylesbury Estate Compulsory Purchase Order

Regenerating Hackney’s Estates: The Dirty Tricks of a Dirty Council

On a recent visit around Clapton, ASH was shown some of the tactics being employed by Hackney Labour council to prepare Clapton Park Estate, Nye Bevan Estate, Millfields Estate and Marian Court for the social cleansing of their communities, the demolition of their homes, and the redevelopment of the land for a white, wealthy, middle-class … Continue reading Regenerating Hackney’s Estates: The Dirty Tricks of a Dirty Council

From Ferrier Estate to Kidbrooke Village: Decoding a ‘Place in the Making’

Kidbrooke Village is a one billion pound, one hundred and nine hectare residential development, under construction in London’s Royal Borough of Greenwich, by the developer Berkeley Homes. Described as ‘the largest residential development in the UK outside the Olympic games area’[1], when Kidbrooke Village is completed in 2030 it will comprise 4,763 homes set within … Continue reading From Ferrier Estate to Kidbrooke Village: Decoding a ‘Place in the Making’

What are the Options? Fred Wigg & John Walsh Towers

Located in leafy Leytonstone only a few minutes walk from the Central Line station on the edge of Zone 3, the Montague Road estate consists of two 17-storey towers named (after two local councillors) Fred Wigg and John Walsh. The estate provides 234 homes, 225 of which are council flats for social rent, and 9 … Continue reading What are the Options? Fred Wigg & John Walsh Towers

Guinness Trust: The Loughborough Estate Occupation

‘We’re winning the fight – the Guinness Trust has rehoused almost all of the Assured Shorthold Tenancies – but there are plenty of reasons to continue occupying this space. We protest the needless destruction of these solid flats to make way for papier-mâché and glass. We protest the abuse of the term “affordable”, and the … Continue reading Guinness Trust: The Loughborough Estate Occupation