The Sacred Heart of Architecture: Lessons from the Paris Commune

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, called the Sacré-Cœur, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A popular landmark in Paris, the basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Sacré-Cœur is a double monument, political and … Continue reading The Sacred Heart of Architecture: Lessons from the Paris Commune

Whatever Happened to the Middle Class? Bad Faith and the Culture Industry

‘Indeed, it may be feared that recourse to private patronage in order to finance art, literature and science will gradually place artists and scholars in a relationship of material and mental dependence on economic powers and market constraints. In any case, private patronage may justify the abdication of public authorities, who use the pretext of … Continue reading Whatever Happened to the Middle Class? Bad Faith and the Culture Industry

Le rebâtiment de Notre Dame

‘We will rebuild Notre Dame, because that’s what the French people expect; because it is what our history deserves; and because it is our deep destiny.’ – Emmanuel Macron, Président of the French Republic The burning of Notre-Dame de Paris is a God-send to Emmanuel Macron, a divine Easter-egg for the Catholic Church that for … Continue reading Le rebâtiment de Notre Dame

The Business of Homelessness: My Container UK Ltd

https://vimeo.com/289728568 On 30 August 2017 Martin McGrail and Stacy Reed incorporated My Container UK Ltd, which lists its business on the Companies House website as the ‘Construction of commercial buildings’, and for which they are both Directors: McGrail the Managing Director, Reed the Operations Director. The following year, on 4 June 2018, they incorporated Gorilla Holdings … Continue reading The Business of Homelessness: My Container UK Ltd

Policy SD10: Social and Racial Cleansing in the Draft New London Plan

A. Boroughs should: Identify Strategic Areas for Regeneration (see figure 2.19) in Local Plans based on a thorough understanding of the demographics of communities and their needs Seek to identify Local Areas for Regeneration taking into account local circumstances. B. Development Plans, Opportunity Area Planning Frameworks and development proposals should contribute to regeneration by tackling … Continue reading Policy SD10: Social and Racial Cleansing in the Draft New London Plan

Homes for Londoners? Sadiq Khan’s Record on Housing

‘The housing crisis is the single biggest barrier to prosperity, growth and fairness facing Londoners today. I’ve found that, both as a MP, and throughout my campaign to be Mayor of London, it doesn’t matter whether you’re talking to business leaders, local residents, charities or community groups: far and away the biggest issue across the … Continue reading Homes for Londoners? Sadiq Khan’s Record on Housing

Whatever Happened to the Working Class? The British Ideology

‘The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas; that is, the class that is the ruling material force in society is, at the same time, its ruling intellectual force. The class that has the means of material production at its disposal has control, at the same time, over the means … Continue reading Whatever Happened to the Working Class? The British Ideology

A Home for All? The Art Exhibition as Political Propaganda

The ‘6 radical experiments in social housing’, which include the Spa Green estate (1946-49), Keeling House (1954-59), the Alexandra Road estate (1968-78), and the Byker estate (1969-82), currently on show at the exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum will be familiar to anyone with an interest in the history of council housing, and by … Continue reading A Home for All? The Art Exhibition as Political Propaganda

Invisible Britain: The Art of Catharsis

‘I have spoken of the operation of a certain type of fashionable photography that makes misery into a consumer good. When I turn to the New Objectivity as a literary movement, I must go a step further and say that it has made the struggle against poverty into a consumer product. In fact, in many … Continue reading Invisible Britain: The Art of Catharsis

Supply and Demand in Centre Point Residences

Last week I was commissioned by VICE to write about the news that the unsold apartments in Central Point Residences had been taken off the market by the developer until offers met their multi-million-pound sale price. VICE only wanted 800 words; but this is the longer article I got out of it, in which I … Continue reading Supply and Demand in Centre Point Residences