Community Responses to Infrastructure Projects in Notting Dale

The history of Notting Dale has been characterised by multiple large-scale infrastructure projects. Each development has inflicted acute destruction of physical space and necessitated a renegotiation of everyday life; but has also led to the creation of new communities and places, and generated senses of community through opposition to state neglect. This project therefore seeks

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

Social housing: dystopia or utopia? A study of Finsbury, London.

Finsbury is “crammed with history, not the history of kings and statecraft, but of the ordinary lives of ordinary people” (Tames, 1999: 7). Finsbury’s origins lie in hosting activities forbidden within the City walls. In the nineteenth and early twentieth-century poverty and overcrowding defined the area. In the twentieth-century, however, Finsbury council sought to transform

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

Battersea Power Station: A Site of Power and Regeneration

Occupying popular imaginaries for several decades, Battersea Power Station (BPS) has been explored from a historical perspective (Heathorn, 2013; Garner, 2008), and from the present through the ‘sublime’ (Koefoed, 2011). Instead of considering BPS across three periods – operation, abandonment, redevelopment – with bounded identities, this paper seeks to study the connections between various representations

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