What is Community-led Housing? Proposal for a Co-operative Housing Development

Brixton Gardens, architectural rendering by Leonie Weber What is ‘community-led housing’? The phrase is used these days with increasing frequency, but what does it mean? How can it embrace the resource and advice hub set up by the London Mayor to build more affordable housing, and which has just been allocated £38 million of funds, and, … Continue reading What is Community-led Housing? Proposal for a Co-operative Housing Development

The Business of Homelessness: My Container UK Ltd

https://vimeo.com/289728568 On 30 August 2017 Martin McGrail and Stacy Reed incorporated My Container UK Ltd, which lists its business on the Companies House website as the ‘Construction of commercial buildings’, and for which they are both Directors: McGrail the Managing Director, Reed the Operations Director. The following year, on 4 June 2018, they incorporated Gorilla Holdings … Continue reading The Business of Homelessness: My Container UK Ltd

Policy SD10: Social and Racial Cleansing in the Draft New London Plan

A. Boroughs should: Identify Strategic Areas for Regeneration (see figure 2.19) in Local Plans based on a thorough understanding of the demographics of communities and their needs Seek to identify Local Areas for Regeneration taking into account local circumstances. B. Development Plans, Opportunity Area Planning Frameworks and development proposals should contribute to regeneration by tackling … Continue reading Policy SD10: Social and Racial Cleansing in the Draft New London Plan

The Carpenters Estate: A Fresh Start or Business as Usual at Newham Council?

On the 27 October 2018, at a meeting between members of the Focus E15 Campaign and Rokhsana Fiaz, the Mayor of Newham, and members of her new administration, it was agreed that Architects for Social Housing would make a presentation to Newham council on the financial, social and environmental benefits of estate refurbishment and infill … Continue reading The Carpenters Estate: A Fresh Start or Business as Usual at Newham Council?

Homes for Londoners? Sadiq Khan’s Record on Housing

‘The housing crisis is the single biggest barrier to prosperity, growth and fairness facing Londoners today. I’ve found that, both as a MP, and throughout my campaign to be Mayor of London, it doesn’t matter whether you’re talking to business leaders, local residents, charities or community groups: far and away the biggest issue across the … Continue reading Homes for Londoners? Sadiq Khan’s Record on Housing

ASH Christmas Carol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7IPpHP7dFU&fbclid=IwAR3ToP1YrXaEVH17fjEZpyNZq-3uLmAg3tupi9JSM950wynD3iwVcz7pv0A At the first stage of Regeneration My council promised me Resident-led is what this will be At the second stage of Regeneration My council promised me Transparency Resident-led is what this will be At the third stage of Regeneration My council promised me High density Transparency Resident-led is what this will be At the … Continue reading ASH Christmas Carol

Whatever Happened to the Working Class? The British Ideology

‘The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas; that is, the class that is the ruling material force in society is, at the same time, its ruling intellectual force. The class that has the means of material production at its disposal has control, at the same time, over the means … Continue reading Whatever Happened to the Working Class? The British Ideology

The Costs of Estate Regeneration: A Film for Everyone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXzM56YIVW0&fbclid=IwAR0nhaN8IfvxEF6kUE_iupahjx24oefNO8gtKIRJdIAntxs_talg8HxWKHc The report on which this film is based can be read in the pdf titled The Costs of Estate Regeneration. I first gave this presentation at a conference held by the Socialist Workers Alliance back in June; then again at a meeting of the Revolutionary Communist Group in July at the launch of their pamphlet Whose … Continue reading The Costs of Estate Regeneration: A Film for Everyone

A Home for All? The Art Exhibition as Political Propaganda

The ‘6 radical experiments in social housing’, which include the Spa Green estate (1946-49), Keeling House (1954-59), the Alexandra Road estate (1968-78), and the Byker estate (1969-82), currently on show at the exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum will be familiar to anyone with an interest in the history of council housing, and by … Continue reading A Home for All? The Art Exhibition as Political Propaganda

Invisible Britain: The Art of Catharsis

‘I have spoken of the operation of a certain type of fashionable photography that makes misery into a consumer good. When I turn to the New Objectivity as a literary movement, I must go a step further and say that it has made the struggle against poverty into a consumer product. In fact, in many … Continue reading Invisible Britain: The Art of Catharsis