Housing and Architecture


Fighting for Cardboard City

2 July 2022 Winner of the Dawn Foster Memorial Essay Prize: From a 1950s estate on the outskirts of Leeds, Jessica Field charts a community under threat and the stresses of activism on the frontlines of the housing crisis

Green dreams, empty coffers shape Nottingham’s rebuild

28 June 2022 As city centre redevelopment plans rumble on, Siobhán McGuirk asks if the east Midlands city can put people before private interests

A leafy low-rise square with the burned remains of Grenfell Tower in the background

Five years of inaction after Grenfell

14 June 2022 Grenfell happened because of deregulation, writes Daniel Renwick, yet five years after the disaster, far too little has changed

The housing crisis is the result of a failed economic experiment: I know, I’m from Hull

1 June 2022 By Jon Bailey, shortlisted for the Dawn Foster Memorial Essay Prize 2022

A woman in front of a concrete panel house

Life and housing on an Oxford estate

1 June 2022 By Connor Woodman, shortlisted for the Dawn Foster Memorial Essay Prize 2022

The pre-teen and the influencer: how the rise of the landlord class hurts us all

1 June 2022 By Kathryn Wheeler, shortlisted for the Dawn Foster Memorial Essay Prize

Photo of Dawn Foster and test reading Dawn Foster memorial essay

Dawn Foster memorial essay prize

1 June 2022 Dawn Foster (1986-2021) was a brilliant and fearless working-class journalist who made a significant impact with her work on housing

Pixels and mortar: The politics of video game worldbuilding

20 April 2022 With the worlds of architecture and video games becoming increasingly intertwined, Gerry Hart examines how video games communicate through their design

Laboratories of the extreme

20 March 2022 Jake Woodier speaks to Eyal Weizman about the political nature of architecture and its use in constructing truths and challenging power

Building feminist cities

8 March 2022 Patriarchal violence is built into our cities but, as Marion Roberts argues, urban designers from around the world are finding ways to unravel it

Dawn Foster: a voice from the sharp end

29 December 2021 A tribute to our friend Dawn Foster, who died earlier this year, from her friends Gary Younge, Helen Zaltzman, Sam Tarry, Sarah Woolley and everyone at Red Pepper

The fate of Teesside’s industrial heritage

22 November 2021 Following the destruction of the Dorman Long Tower, George Walker explores what the Conservatives' 'levelling up' agenda means for the Teesside's industrial icons.

As mayor, I’ll fight to fix London’s broken housing system

26 March 2021 Londoners need a mayor who will fight for housing reform and rent controls, argues Green Party candidate Sian Berry

Manchester skyline

Why planning is political

23 February 2021 Andrea Sandor explores how community-led developments are putting democracy at the heart of the planning process

In the shadow of student rent strikes

9 January 2021 Outside the media fanfare surrounding the recent wave of university-based militancy, one community's fight against developers goes on. Robert Firth reports

Whose streets?

28 October 2020 Public spaces became increasingly valued during lockdown – and increasingly policed. We must continue to reclaim and celebrate it for everyone, says Morag Rose

A homeless man asleep on a ledge. Photo by Allan Warren

The politics of Covid-19: can local authorities really ‘bring everybody in’?

21 April 2020 When it comes to support for homeless people, the government’s response to Covid-19 has been heavy on rhetoric but thin on substance, writes Benjamin Morgan

The politics of Covid-19: time to requisition empty homes

30 March 2020 The government’s actions to try and house rough sleepers are inadequate. The acquisition of empty homes for the homeless is a viable short and long-term solution, argues Adam Peggs

Beyond Brexit: Bristol’s housing crisis

23 December 2019 Everyone's a loser - except the landlord. The manifesto promises of our new Conservative government suggest that won't change, says Hannah Vickers

Election 2019: The latest attack on travelling communities

11 December 2019 The Conservative manifesto includes yet another attack on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. We can resist at the polls - and by responding to the public consultation, says Beth Holmes

Another World is Possible

Election 2019: The end of neoliberalism in sight?

5 December 2019 If elected, the next Labour government can finally depart from the neoliberal consensus and deliver a major shift in wealth and power, argues Adam Peggs

Jeremy Corbyn and front bench holding copies of the 2019 manifesto

Election 2019: An ambitious, agenda-setting and credible manifesto

29 November 2019 The 2017 Labour election manifesto was good but the 2019 version is the document we’ve really been waiting for, argues Mike Phipps

Are community land trusts a way out of the system?

17 October 2019 People are taking charge of land and housing across the UK, posing an alternative to the commercial market. But is it enough? Hazel Sheffield reports

The great British land sell

15 October 2019 Austerity and neoliberal policy-making has led to the loss of some of our greatest assets and restricted the potential for social housing. Samir Jeraj explores how this has happened and ideas of how to stop it

Why we need renters’ unions

25 April 2019 People power can help fix the mess of the housing market, writes Jacob Stringer from London Renters Union

A natural history of Heygate Estate

28 March 2019 The redevelopment of a London council estate has led to the loss of a mature ‘urban forest’ - as well as hundreds of rented homes. Photos and text by Matthew Benjamin Coleman.

Housing cooperatives are more than an economic no-brainer. They offer our a communities a better future.

14 December 2018 They give us the opportunity to put power in the people's hands, writes Joe Barson.

In Community We Trust

20 November 2018 It's time for councils to put housing back in the hands of the people, writes Tom Chance.

The Irish government needs to stop protecting property developers and start looking out for its people

10 October 2018 Rents are soaring and the government is hand-in-glove with property moguls. Oliver Eagleton reports on the activists fighting for a fairer housing system.

Wealth inequality is skyrocketing and the housing market is out of control. It’s time to tax the land.

27 September 2018 Luke Murphy writes that wealth inequality, a poorly functioning housing market, an economy focused on unproductive investment and macroeconomic instability are all negative consequences of our current treatment of land within the UK economy

Can alternative models of ownership help solve the housing crisis?

18 September 2018 Conrad Bower reports on the radical housing initiatives challenging high rents and homelessness

To tackle rough sleeping, we need to combat the root causes

23 August 2018 The government's homelessness strategies are punitive and do nothing to help people in need, writes Joe Barson

Building the Future

8 August 2018 Innovative municipal projects are tackling local housing problems worldwide.

A government of property developers and landlords cannot solve the housing crisis

9 July 2018 Becka Hudson writes that the politicians charged with solving the housing crisis are in the pockets of the landlords and property developers who directly profit from it.

Grenfell Tower and the long crisis of social housing

13 June 2018 Council housing arose from the duty of the state to house its people. Grenfell Tower epitomises decades of dereliction of that duty. An excerpt from 'Municipal Dreams' by John Boughton.

Can people power beat the gentrifiers?

29 May 2018 Housing action group StART have taken on the property developers in London - and they're not done yet.

The housing crisis is one of political ideology. A radical response is the only ‘common sense’ solution.

7 March 2018 Decades of deregulation and market mismanagment is responsible for the UK's housing crisis. Darren Baxter argues that it's time for some radical solutions.

News From Nowhere: Fighting for alternative housing in Haringey

6 March 2018 After the defeat of the Haringey Development Vehicle, local people are putting together their own plans for alternative housing that puts people before profit. By Noah Tucker

Turn unused office space into housing support for the homeless

3 March 2018 Unused office space is taking over our cities, whilst the homeless population is skyrocketing. Jim McGregor writes that it's time to put those properties to better use.

‘We have a history of turning tragedy into triumph.’

2 March 2018 Anu Shukla speaks to the Kensington residents  fighting back against gentrification and housing crisis, months after the fire at Grenfell.

Stormzy, Grenfell and what it means to be a ‘threat’

24 February 2018 The artist is giving a vital platform to a new generation of voices pointing out the deep hypocrisy in which crimes get punished and which get rewarded. By Remi Joseph-Salisbury and Laura Connelly

Berliners versus Google: The latest battle against gentrification in Kreuzberg

11 January 2018 Javier Pérez De La Cruz writes about the working class Berlin neighbourhood wrung dry by gentrifiers.

The Great Housing Swindle

7 December 2017 Michael Coates reviews a new film revealing the shocking state of housing inequality in the UK.

We need to change the narrative around social housing

13 November 2017 We need to tackle the patronising ideology that lets Tory think-tanks sneer at social tenants, writes Emma Dent Coad

Beware the automated landlord

9 September 2017 Tenants of the automated landlord are effectively paying two rents: one in money, the other in information for data harvesting, writes Desiree Fields

Grenfell two months on: still living in limbo

14 August 2017 Survivors of the fire are still relying on thousands of community volunteers, writes Daniel Renwick - but the failed council is plotting a comeback

Build it yourself: a growing housing alternative

25 July 2017 Nick Dowson looks at the new wave of co-ops and community groups where people are building their own truly affordable homes

Power to the renters: Turning the tide on our broken housing system

17 July 2017 Heather Kennedy, from the Renters Power Project, argues it’s time to reject Thatcher’s dream of a 'property-owning democracy' and build renters' power instead

On the ground at Grenfell, residents’ suspicion of a cover-up isn’t going away

16 July 2017 Hsiao-Hung Pai meets people affected by the fire, and finds sadness and suffering mixed with a continuing wariness of the official investigations

The Grenfell public inquiry must listen to the residents who have been ignored for so long

11 July 2017 Councils handed housing over to obscure, unaccountable organisations, writes Anna Minton – now we must hear the voices they silenced



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