Achilles Street: Open Garden Estates 2017

As part of this year's Open Garden Estates, Achilles Street residents researched the abundance of wildflowers living in and around their estate. The walk they created out of their discovery reveals the beauty found in unlikely places and raises questions about how we value our urban environment and local communities. Overlooked and unappreciated, these plants, like … Continue reading Achilles Street: Open Garden Estates 2017

Excalibur: Open Garden Estates 2017

Between 1946 and 1948, in response to the loss of housing during the Blitz and the return of demobilised servicemen and women, 156,623 pre-fabricated homes were built across the UK. Excalibur estate in Catford, comprised of 178 bungalow homes, is one of these. Located in what is now Lewisham, the borough had suffered some of … Continue reading Excalibur: Open Garden Estates 2017

Macintosh Court: Open Garden Estates 2016

Macintosh Court residents and campaigners with Architect Kate Macintosh (second from right), celebrating their victory at Open Garden Estates this weekend with blue plaques of the newly named estate by ASH member Senaka Weeraman. 269 Leigham Court Road in Streatham is purpose built sheltered housing, with 45 flats that are currently home to 50 residents, all over the … Continue reading Macintosh Court: Open Garden Estates 2016

Open Garden Estates 2016

Open Garden Estates is an initiative by Architects for Social Housing (ASH), a collective working to save London council estates under threat of demolition from Government housing policy, the Mayor’s building programme, local authority estate regeneration schemes and property developers. Last year, Open Garden Estates was hosted by three council estates: Cressingham Gardens, designed by Ted Hollamby; … Continue reading Open Garden Estates 2016

Architects for Social Housing: Open Garden Estates

Over the weekend of 13-14 June of this year, three Lambeth housing estates earmarked for regeneration, Cressingham Gardens, Central Hill and Knight’s Walk, hosted Open Garden Estates, an event organised by Architects for Social Housing (ASH). Founded by architect Geraldine Dening in order to respond architecturally to London’s housing crisis, ASH is a collective of … Continue reading Architects for Social Housing: Open Garden Estates

Cressingham Gardens: Pilot workshop on open spaces

Over the weekend of 13-14 June, as part of Open Garden Estates, ASH undertook a pilot workshop at Cressingham Gardens run by Georgie and Emily from Attic. This was focused on Cressingham's extensive green spaces and gave us a chance to be briefed by residents and members of the Save Cressingham Gardens campaign, and begin talking with … Continue reading Cressingham Gardens: Pilot workshop on open spaces

Central Hill: Open Garden Estates

Central Hill participated in Open Garden Estates on the 13th June, hosting walking tours of the estate, a barbecue, Marxist puppet show, seed planting and plenty of discussion! The walking tours were very popular, with approximately 100 people talking part on the tours. ASH exhibited some of the posters they had been working on relating to Lambeth's … Continue reading Central Hill: Open Garden Estates