How and why the changes in Balfron Tower exemplify the changes of Britain’s attitude towards social housing.

Brutalist architectures are concrete reminders of the post-WW2 period in Britain, when local government believed in the architecture of public housing to bring about social progress. Brutalist architects stepped in to support the recovery of Britain by designing and constructing social housing estates such as Balfron Tower [image 1] in London. Although the exterior of

Grenfell Tower, through palimpsest; a site which demonstrates how the unequal power dynamics in regeneration partnerships exacerbates exclusion and reinforces structural inequality.

Grenfell Tower is an austere concrete tower, built in 1974 (Wismayer, 2017). It is located in and owned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) but was managed by the Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) until 1 March, 2018. In 2016, the KCTMO managed a £10 million refurbishment in partnership with

Rye Lane as a site of consumption

Introduction The site I have chosen for my palimpsest project is Rye Lane(RL) located in the London borough of Southwark. It is through this site that I intend to explore the theme of consumption. Consumption is traditionally understood as the “purchase, use and reuse of goods” (Campbell,1995:104). However, in this essay I intend to go

Being a Cockney

This research project aims to consider whether culture coupled with cultural production are results of the Palimpsestuous layering of a range of different factors including immigration and cultural consumption to break down the identity of the East Enders, both past and contemporary. The East End is the area on which I will base my exploration

Regent’s Park Estate

The site I have chosen to study is Regent’s Park Estate, a social housing estate in the borough of Camden, with the aim of identifying the palimpsest of housing redevelopment and subsequent protest politics. In order to do this, I will conduct a background review in three sections. Firstly, a brief historical overview the site

Brick Lane: Racialisation of Space

Project Identification: Brick Lane, formally Whitechapel Lane before the 15th century, is situated in the East End of London between Bethnal Green and Whitechapel. Now seen as the ‘curry capital’ of London, Brick Lane is associated with a rich heritage of immigrant workers bringing with them their skills, trades and foods. Notable influxes of migrant