For a Socialist Architecture: Lectures at 221A, Vancouver

For a Socialist Architecture can be downloaded here. PREFACE Over the summer of 2019, as part of ASH’s research fellowship with 221A, we took up a month’s residency in Vancouver, Canada. Over four lectures held on Friday afternoons between 19 July and 9 August, we presented our thoughts about the necessity and possibility of a socialist … Continue reading For a Socialist Architecture: Lectures at 221A, Vancouver

The Very Model of a Modern Parliamentarian

I grew so rich that I was sent By a pocket borough into Parliament. I always voted at my Party’s call, And I never thought of thinking for myself at all. — Gilbert and Sullivan Identifying which election hustings is the most boring you’ve ever attended is a bit like being asked whom you’d prefer … Continue reading The Very Model of a Modern Parliamentarian

Cressingham Gardens Demolition Decision: Protest

On 13 July 300 people attended a protest at Lambeth Town Hall to protest against Lambeth Council's decision to proceed with the full demolition of the estate. This decision was made public, on Twitter, by Councillor Mathew Bennet, both before residents were informed and days before it was due to be put to a vote … Continue reading Cressingham Gardens Demolition Decision: Protest

Viability Assessments and Section 106

The problems with section 106 agreements are primarily that they are negotiable and transferable. The fact that developers are able to negotiate their way out of what is agreed at planning (Section 106 agreement)  through ‘viability assessments’ - often claiming the agreed provision of affordable housing is no longer viable - effectively holds projects and … Continue reading Viability Assessments and Section 106

Science Without Borders Students workshop at Central Hill

SWB is an international programme which has students visiting De Montfort University. DMU students have been based at Cressingham gardens from Jan to May 2015 (see other post) and this summer SWB students have been based at Central Hill. The students are working with residents to come up with ideas for improvements and refurbishments of the estate. … Continue reading Science Without Borders Students workshop at Central Hill

ARCHITECTURAL WORKSHOPS (Cressingham Gardens)

Workshop 1 – Green spaces Drawings and documentation to follow. Workshop 2 – Voids #1 In terms of documentation of this workshop, we would take photographs of the specific aspects people comment on, and sketch over the drawings of the existing plans sections and elevations and perspectives of the homes at Cressingham. I would be keen … Continue reading ARCHITECTURAL WORKSHOPS (Cressingham Gardens)