ASH House: Design Options for the Drive Housing Co-operative

Over the past few years, Architects for Social Housing has increasingly explored alternative ways of funding and building social housing to the current mainstream of local authority and housing association, which is signally failing both existing residents and those in housing need. In accordance with the neo-liberalisation of housing provision in the UK, housing associations … Continue reading ASH House: Design Options for the Drive Housing Co-operative

Under Capitalism: Second Manifesto of Architects for Social Housing

Party politics in the UK is over, at least for the next five years and probably for far longer. For the fourth time in ten years the UK electorate has voted a Conservative Prime Minister into power, this time with the largest parliamentary majority since 1987 and at the head of the most right-wing cabinet … Continue reading Under Capitalism: Second Manifesto of Architects for Social Housing

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