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Revealed: Assemble shortlisted for Turner Prize


The Turner's recognition that Toxteth's terraced streets are works of art represents a degree of deliverance for a housing form that, in the North at least, has been tainted by demolition's baleful shadow. Assemble's genius has been to tell the story of this contested place in a way which heals wounds, but doesn't hide scars. It's also a subtle reminder that officials at Liverpool's recent Welsh Streets Public Inquiry still describe over 400 homes by the same architect, in the same location, and in the same council ownership, as 'commonplace and obsolete', and have launched an expensive high court challenge to overturn SAVE's famous victory over the bulldozers - a fight described by the Times as 'the planning battle of the century'. Those residents and charities who have protested for many years against the division of communities by demolition can take great satisfaction from this prestigious nomination. Alongside the resilience of residents, SAVE Britain's Heritage, Merseyside Civic Society and the Empty Homes charity deserve particular credit, as they really opened up the local campaigns to national media and political attention, and in fact introduced the investor who brought in Assemble. The AJ has followed the Pathfinder story diligently for many years, so your readers will well understand that this is an epic triumph of good design over designer dereliction. Jonathan Brown of SAVE Britain’s Heritage

Posted date

13 May, 2015

Posted time

10:08 am