Bibliography for a Socialist Architecture: Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, Vancouver

As part of ASH’s residency at the 221A Gallery in Vancouver, the Pollyanna 圖書館 Library asked us to provide a bibliography of books to add to their collection that provide a written context to the four workshops we will be holding on the principles and practices of a socialist architecture. This is what we came up … Continue reading Bibliography for a Socialist Architecture: Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, Vancouver

The Right to the City: ASH Residency at the 221A Gallery, Vancouver

‘Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.’ – Bertolt Brecht For a Socialist Architecture (under Capitalism) Within the overall socio-economic context of Western democracies today, in which there is a cross-party consensus from the political establishment on the marketisation of housing provision, and whatever party forms … Continue reading The Right to the City: ASH Residency at the 221A Gallery, Vancouver

This is the Colour of my Dreams: Human displacement and boundaries in our environment. Paintings by Vanessa Gould

The following text was commissioned by Vanessa Gould-Rakoczy to accompany the exhibition of her work at the MA Visual Arts Summer Show 2019, which is running from 11-17 July at the Camberwell College of Arts, London. The series from which these paintings are drawn was begun following her volunteer work in the refugee camps on the island … Continue reading This is the Colour of my Dreams: Human displacement and boundaries in our environment. Paintings by Vanessa Gould

Countless Cities: Photographs by Alessia Gammarota

It is estimated that today the earth is inhabited by 7.7 billion people. More than half the world’s population lives in urban environments, and the process of abandoning rural areas continues to escalate. Climate change, economic upheaval and global migration to cities will define the future of humanity. It seems incredible, but we do not … Continue reading Countless Cities: Photographs by Alessia Gammarota

Sponsorship and Censorship: Why ASH is withdrawing from the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019

The recent arrest and subsequent imprisonment of the Wikipedia founder Julian Assange has sent out a clear message to whistle-blowers and those who dare publish them that the freedom of the press is not so much under attack as under lock and key. But the truths to be considered out of bounds for publication from now … Continue reading Sponsorship and Censorship: Why ASH is withdrawing from the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019

Power Walk at the Serpentine Gallery: ASH Press Release

‘I think it is important to distinguish between the traditional notion of patronage and the public relations manoeuvres parading as patronage today. What we have here is a real exchange of capital: financial capital on the part of the sponsors and symbolic capital on the part of the sponsored. Most business people are quite open about … Continue reading Power Walk at the Serpentine Gallery: ASH Press Release

The Costs of Estate Regeneration: A Film for Everyone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXzM56YIVW0&fbclid=IwAR0nhaN8IfvxEF6kUE_iupahjx24oefNO8gtKIRJdIAntxs_talg8HxWKHc The report on which this film is based can be read in the pdf titled The Costs of Estate Regeneration. I first gave this presentation at a conference held by the Socialist Workers Alliance back in June; then again at a meeting of the Revolutionary Communist Group in July at the launch of their pamphlet Whose … Continue reading The Costs of Estate Regeneration: A Film for Everyone

ASH Films: News Reports, Interviews, Presentations, Counter Propaganda, Documentaries, 2015-2018

News Reports and Interviews https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e77yhNBAJZ4 Housing Hell (January 2016). RT UK News, 4:25. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN72pO5EZuk Sink Estates (January 2016). Channel 4 News, 3:21. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gezSJB-BB2o UK Housing Crisis and Regeneration (April 2016). Windows on the World, 1:19:36. ‘Great guests, excellent discussion. It’s shocking what’s happening to this country. I wish people wouldn’t just see it in party … Continue reading ASH Films: News Reports, Interviews, Presentations, Counter Propaganda, Documentaries, 2015-2018

Mapping London’s Estate Regeneration Programme

1. The List As I turned to camera and explained why I had just pursued first Sadiq Khan and then Jeremy Corbyn in opposite directions down the same Islington street, asking them questions they both resolutely refused to answer about their support for the estate regeneration programme being implemented by London’s Labour councils, a Labour … Continue reading Mapping London’s Estate Regeneration Programme

ASH Retrospective at the ICA

From the 14-20 August ASH had a residency in the Upper Galleries of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. During the week we hosted several talks on aspects of London’s housing ‘crisis’, including a presentation by Co-ops for London, a workshop by Achilles Fanzine, and an ASH meeting on the terms of reference in the … Continue reading ASH Retrospective at the ICA