For a Socialist Architecture 2. Part 2. Environmental Practices

This presentation follows on from Part 1, that looked at the environmental principles of a socialist architecture. In our first presentation in this series we talked about the agents of a socialist architecture: those who pay for it, those who inhabit it, those who use it, those who design it, those who build it, those … Continue reading For a Socialist Architecture 2. Part 2. Environmental Practices

For a Socialist Architecture 2. Part 1. Environmental Principles

‘We want a say in how the resources are managed in our territory, to remind those who seek to benefit from them that they aren’t a commodity to be sold. Every resource is a part of the system. Each part that is taken out, or over-harvested, affects everything that depends on it. If we don’t … Continue reading For a Socialist Architecture 2. Part 1. Environmental Principles

For a Socialist Architecture 4. Part 2. Political Practices

In Part 1 of this presentation we looked at the political principles of a socialist architecture. In Part 2 I’m going to discuss the political practices through which ASH has implemented these principles in engaging with the political dimension of architecture. 1. The Political Economy of Housing Provision In this first diagram we have two … Continue reading For a Socialist Architecture 4. Part 2. Political Practices

For a Socialist Architecture 4. Part 1. Political Principles

1. The Realism of the Impossible Over the past couple of months I’ve been reading the poetry of Bertolt Brecht, and I’d like to start by quoting one of his poems. He wrote this poem in 1933, the year that Adolf Hitler became German Chancellor with 44 per cent of the vote — which with … Continue reading For a Socialist Architecture 4. Part 1. Political Principles

Leaving the Garden: Brexit and the Housing Crisis

This presentation was given by ASH as part of a debate organised by Antarsya, an anti-capitalist co-operation of the Left in Greece, held at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, on 15 June, 2019. A recording of the entire event, which included presentations by Michael Roberts and Nikos Kapitsinis, is available below. … Continue reading Leaving the Garden: Brexit and the Housing Crisis

For a Socialist Architecture. Part 2: The Principles of Architectural Practice

At the invitation of the Architecture Society of the University of Cambridge, it was announced that, on 13 May 2019, Patrik Schumacher, the Principal at Zaha Hadid Architects, gave a lecture titled ‘Architecture and Urbanism in the 21st Century’ in the Department of Architecture. In response, a group of postgraduate students invited Architects for Social … Continue reading For a Socialist Architecture. Part 2: The Principles of Architectural Practice

For a Socialist Architecture. Part 1: The Facts in the Case of Patrik Schumacher

At the invitation of the Architecture Society of the University of Cambridge, it was announced that, on 13 May 2019, Patrik Schumacher, the Principal at Zaha Hadid Architects, gave a lecture titled ‘Architecture and Urbanism in the 21st Century’ in the Department of Architecture. In response, a group of postgraduate students invited Architects for Social … Continue reading For a Socialist Architecture. Part 1: The Facts in the Case of Patrik Schumacher

The Space of Community in Post-war Council Estates

This text was read on 30 March 2019 at the Design Museum, London, as part of a series of workshops and talks titled Growing Common Land organised by Hester Buck, one of four Designers in Residence at the museum during 2018. What London’s Estate Regeneration programme has revealed to all but the most inattentive observer or … Continue reading The Space of Community in Post-war Council Estates