Housing and Architecture


Housing is a mental health issue

30 May 2016 Emma Snaith reports on the Focus E15 demonstration highlighting the link between a lack of decent social housing and poor mental health

Hiding homelessness: one family’s fight against ‘gatekeeping’

12 May 2016 Izzy Koksal reports on a campaign that shows how councils are using dirty tricks to deny housing help to people in need

End of the road for social housing?

22 February 2016 Bob Colenutt looks at the disastrous consequences of the Housing and Planning Bill, which if passed will be the most significant change in the history of social housing

Emma and Bobby face eviction despite doing nothing wrong

23 November 2015 Emma* tells us about her experience renting in London, the impact on her child and how she plans to fight back

Housing gains in Spain

25 August 2015 Tom Youngman reports from Madrid on the Spanish housing movement fighting evictions and campaigning for the right to housing for all

Living co-operatively: everyday dissent

19 June 2015 We go beyond protesting against the Tories' housing crisis, writes Amy Corcoran – we can start to construct co-operative alternatives

Sweets’ dreams

1 June 2015 Families on the Sweets Way housing estate have lost plenty – but have also learnt the power of collective action, says Liam Barrington-Bush

The Aylesbury estate: the latest front in the battle against social cleansing

16 February 2015 Morgan Meaker speaks to residents and campaigners fighting the London estate's demolition

Bursting the bubble: say no to MIPIM

5 October 2014 Andy Edwards is part of the movement challenging the world’s biggest property fair as it comes to London

Social housing not social cleansing

1 August 2014 Communities affected by the government’s housing policies are coming together to resist them, writes Vickie Cooper

London: not for sale

11 March 2014 As the world's biggest property compaines meet to carve up our cities we must continue to fight back, writes Christine Haigh

Meanwhile in Bristol: temporary arts spaces

13 January 2014 A scheme that allocated council-owned buildings for creative use has suffered under the cuts, reports Karen Dickenson

Saving the estate

20 October 2013 Residents have fought off University College London’s plans to ‘redevelop’ the Carpenters Estate, reports Kevin Blowe

Homes of our own: the growing student co-operative movement

15 September 2013 Sean Farmelo is part of a group of Birmingham students involved in setting up a new student housing co-op

Squat rot: plans to extend squatting ban

25 August 2013 Last September squatting in residential properties was criminalised. Now there are calls to extend the ban to commercial properties. Lorna Stephenson reports

David Harvey interview: The importance of postcapitalist imagination

21 August 2013 From housing to wages, David Harvey says examining capitalism's contradictions can point the way towards an alternative world

Giving homeless young people a voice through theatre

15 August 2013 Edd Mustill reviews Home, a play at the National Theatre Shed

Regulating the Rigsbys: the dodgy letting agents hitting the jackpot

3 June 2013 Dry rot? Tough. You want your deposit back? No chance. Michael Pooler looks at how anyone with a phone line can become a private letting agent

Private tenants need protection

3 May 2013 Jeremy Corbyn MP explains why legislation is urgently needed to help tenants who find themselves at the mercy of private landlords

US: Fighting foreclosures, making the banks pay

23 April 2013 Stephen Lerner and Saqib Bhatti report on the scale of the housing crisis facing ordinary Americans post-crash, and the growth of housing justice and bank accountability activism across the US

Mythbuster: Home truths about housing

22 April 2013 Red Pepper’s guide to the reality behind the housing crisis

Can’t pay, won’t move: resisting the bedroom tax

21 April 2013 With a new raft of housing benefit cuts hitting this month, including the infamous ‘bedroom tax’, tenants are getting angry – and organised. Izzy Koksal meets some of them

Tenant troubles

13 February 2013 The past year has seen the beginnings of a vibrant private tenants’ movement emerging. Christine Haigh reports

Lambeth’s short-life sell off

3 December 2012 Lambeth brands itself a ‘co-operative council’ – but it is selling off properties currently run by housing co-ops, reports Lambeth Save Our Services

Dale Farm: The human cost of prejudice

3 March 2012 As the displaced residents of Dale Farm in Essex face another round of forced evictions, Elly Robson talks to some of the families and examines the discrimination they face

‘The government may have trampled over democracy but people will still be squatting’

13 December 2011 Lorna Stephenson and Emma Hughes meet SQUASH, the squatters’ action group who have been ignored in the anti-squatting media furore

Housing: The market has failed

2 December 2011 Bob Colenutt on a housing strategy for Britain 2011

Revenge of the repossessed

4 July 2011 Stuart Hodkinson explores alternatives to the housing crisis

High hopes

4 July 2011 High-rise homes are derided, but some show that a progressive architecture is possible argues Owen Hatherley

Housing cuts: Resistance begins at home

27 February 2011 Isabel Parrott on what can be done to tackle the housing cuts

From Barking to Venice

27 September 2010 Siobhan McGuirk meets collaborative art and architecture practice muf

Enforced destitution

1 December 2009 Frances Webber investigates the Home Office's policy of imposing poverty on those seeking asylum in Britain

Saving council housing

10 April 2009 A decade ago, with New Labour stepping up the Tory sell-offs, council housing seemed to be approaching extinction. Red Pepper looks at Defend Council Housing, a campaign that has stopped privatisation in its tracks

Alternative home sweet home

1 April 2007 There are many ways to provide housing outside the simple rent or buy culture that dominates society, write Paul Chatterton, Larch Maxey and Jenny Pickerill

Squatting for beginners

1 June 2004 If you have nowhere to live and little money, squatting may be your best hope of a roof over your head, writes Jim Paton of the Advisory Service for Squatters



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