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Geraldine Dening

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  • Comment on: Assessing Aylesbury: What's the true cost of demolishing council estates?

    Geraldine Dening's comment 20 November, 2015 10:28 pm

    Correction. The maps were by Professor Loretta Lees, an international expert on gentrification.
    http://35percent.org/images/lorettalees_aylesburydisplacement.png

  • Comment on: Assessing Aylesbury: What's the true cost of demolishing council estates?

    Geraldine Dening's comment 20 November, 2015 10:19 pm

    At the CPO inquiry Professor Jane Rendell presented maps (link below) of the displacement of Aylesbury Estate council tenants and leaseholders - so far. I'm not surprised Duggan Morris Architects are eager to distance themselves from such practices. Social cleansing by any other name would smell as rank.
    http://35percent.org/images/lorettalees_aylesburydisplacement.png

  • Comment on: Assessing Aylesbury: What's the true cost of demolishing council estates?

    Geraldine Dening's comment 20 November, 2015 12:17 pm

    REASONS TO DOUBT

    With regard to the decision-making process requiring what Ben Derbyshire calls 'intensive involvement of the affected community', at a 2001 ballot responded to by 76% of Aylesbury Estate residents, 73% voted in favour of refurbishment and against demolition.(http://www.theguardian.com/society/2001/dec/27/1)

    As to reasons 'to doubt the thoroughness of the process that gave rise to the Area Action Plan, which was adopted by residents of the estate', in 2009 Aylesbury Tenants and Leaseholders First made a submission to the Government Inspector on the ‘systematic failings of the Aylesbury Area Action Plan consultation process.’ (https://aylesburytenantsfirst.wordpress.com/resources/)

    Where architectural practices such as HTA, Mae, Hawkins\ Brown, and PRP - to name just a few - come into estate regeneration with a fixed set of objectives, pre-determined by councils, housing associations, property developers and politicians, for the demolition and rebuilding of the existing estate, and then use the consultation process to generate the reasons and excuses to achieve this, Architects for Social Housing (ASH) begins by asking the community about their needs and wishes, and uses these to generate objectives and initiatives to bring this about. It is a process that moves from the inside out, from community to genuine estate regeneration – one that leaves the existing community intact.

    ASH, which is not (despite the AJ's insistence) a protest group, is employing this consultation model in our current architectural work with Central Hill and West Ken & Gibbs Green estates. Last month, with just such a proposal, we helped save half the homes on Knight's Walk estate, which you may read about here, since the AJ has refused to publish our architectural work. https://architectsforsocialhousing.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/knights-walk-recommendation-to-cabinet/

    For those wondering – and it seems there are many who are, in the profession and outside – this is what an ethical architectural practice looks like.

    Simon Elmer
    Architects for Social Housing

  • Comment on: Housing campaigners protest outside AJ120

    Geraldine Dening's comment 8 November, 2015 4:58 pm

    I see the Architects’ Journal have recently recoloured our ‘Fight for the Aylesbury’ protest planes red. Unfortunately ASH couldn’t afford red paper at the time, so thanks for the photoshopping. But are you trying to imply something?

    Simon Elmer
    Architects for Social Housing

  • Comment on: AJ120 activist is cereal protester

    Geraldine Dening's comment 8 November, 2015 10:49 am

    Oh dear, I didn't realise I'd been outed by the AJ! I thought that was the job of the Daily Mail. Or do I detect the McCarthyite hand of Paul Finch at work?

    I wasn't, in fact, at the Cereal Cafe protest, as I was too busy watching England lose to Wales. But I did write on the event page afterwards:

    1) Opening a shop that sells children's cereals for £4 a bowl in a borough in which 49% of the kids are living in poverty is an insult to the thousands of Tower Hamlets residents who have to eat on less than £4 a day.

    2) Estate agents growing rich from people’s struggle to keep a roof over their head are instruments of gentrification and the homelessness that is a direct result of it.

    3) Demolishing council housing and evicting the people in them to build luxury apartments for the City boys who profit from their homelessness is social cleansing.

    4) Cutting benefits to the poor in the name of austerity while cutting taxes for the rich is class war.

    5) If you don’t already know this, you never will, which makes you part of the problem, if only for your choice to remain ignorant of social realities.

    If you wanted to report the facts, you had only to contact me, rather than repeating the lies of the tabloids.

    Simon Elmer
    Architects for Social Housing

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