Memorial for Grenfell

Image after JAA Studio Private contractors and consultants on the Grenfell Tower refurbishment Mark Allen, Technical Director of Celotex, and member of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee Deborah French, UK Sales Manager, Arconic Ray Bailey, Managing Director, Harley Facades Bob Holt, Director and Executive Chairman of Lakehouse services Bob Greene, Technical Contract Manager, RGE Services … Continue reading Memorial for Grenfell

Tower, Slab, Superblock: Social Housing Legacies and Futures

‘In 2004, architects Anne Lacaton, Jean-Philippe Vassal, and Frédéric Druot authored a manifesto on the value of renovation over demolition with a powerful opening statement: “Never demolish, never remove or replace, always add, transform and reuse!” Their study, PLUS, came in response to an architectural competition to replace a 1960s high-rise apartment building on the … Continue reading Tower, Slab, Superblock: Social Housing Legacies and Futures

Kidbrooke Village: Our Vision for Your Future

A Non-Place in the Making ‘If a place can be defined as relational, historical and concerned with identity, then a space which cannot be defined as relational, or historical, or concerned with identity will be a non-place. Supermodernity produces non-places, meaning spaces which are not themselves anthropological places and which, unlike modernity, do not integrate … Continue reading Kidbrooke Village: Our Vision for Your Future

The Working Class Strikes Back

These photographs, documenting three years of protests, marches, demonstrations and occupations in London, were exhibited as part of Resist: A Festival of Ideas and Action, held at the London School of Economics and Political Science from 28-30 September, 2016. June 2015, protesters gate-crash the first open day of Lend Lease’s Elephant Park Experience Suite, which they scatter … Continue reading The Working Class Strikes Back

Trafalgar Place: The Production of Space

‘The mobilisation of space for the purposes of its production makes harsh demands. The process begins with the land, which must first be wrenched away from the traditional form of property.’ ‘The mobilisation is next extended to space, including space beneath the ground and the volumes above it. In the past one bought or rented … Continue reading Trafalgar Place: The Production of Space

Marzahn: The Place Myths of Social Housing

‘East of Lichtenberg is Marzahn-Hellesdorf, a late-1970s satellite town and perhaps Berlin’s least obvious sightseeing destination. Silo-like apartment blocks and soulless shopping precincts stretch for miles out towards the edge of the city in what has to be one of the most desolate of the city’s boroughs. However, this is Berlin for tens of thousands … Continue reading Marzahn: The Place Myths of Social Housing