Category: Gentrification

A rapper-turned-activist is flipping the music scene on its head, “Estate of War” by Potent Whisper

13 JAN THE CANARY: With 2017 looking set to be a year of more political upheaval, music is perhaps the one thing that can cross into all walks of life. And a rapper from south-west London is doing just that. With some of the rawest and sharpest politically-motivated hip-hop around. The Canary caught up with the man, ‘Potent Whisper’, for a chat. About class, council estates, and Harrods…

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Brixton Arches: Traders vs Goliath, a Christmas update

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BY MIKE URBAN – DECEMBER 12, 2016: “Twenty-two months into our campaign to save Brixton Arches, we find ourselves again at the doorstep of Christmas. A time for giving thanks, a time for giving gifts and a time for telling stories of legends. But this year, our Brixton has it’s very own legend to tell. The legend of the Brixton Arches. The story of four traders who continue to risk everything to stand against Network Rail – a modern day Goliath – to protect their businesses and defend their community….”

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Quick report on Class War against social cleansing architect Patrik Schumacher

via peter marshall: London, UK. 8th December 2016. Ian Bone of Class War speaks at their second protest against Zaha Hadid Architects director Patrik Schumacher who suggested solving London’s housing crisis by getting rid of regulations, privatising all public space and scrapping social housing.

They say this would be a fascist social cleansing of the city which would force out the working class and abandon it to the wealthy.

Schumacher’s ideas have been widely disowned by the architectural profession and the protesters demand he resign; he apparently left the building as the protesters arrived shortly before I got there but ran off down the road when challenged and asked to discuss the issues with the protesters. (more…)

Regeneration is violence! Why Unproductives reject Schumacher’s social cleansing ideas

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UPDATED 6 DEC: text reproduced with permission – All those distorting the Schumacher social cleansing speech – chucking identity politics in the mix and moaning about language… please bore off!

Until it affects YOU directly and the realisation that estate communities have: no voice, no platform, no power, and no political party stepping in to fight your corner or stop families/people being evicted out of their homes and out of London – miles away from family/support network and being dumped in totally unfamiliar and sometimes alien locations!

The Schumachers, RIBA’s Derbyshire, politicians & local authority bureaucrats are using a combination of James Buchanan’s theories (US neocon asset stripping adviser to Thatcher) and John Nash (architect of ‘Game Theory’), collectively scheming & strategising in self interest – building up power & personal empires… with the cause of ‘helping others’ (building Unaffordable housing’) when in fact they are helping themselves and their class. (more…)

Class War announces new plan: Sack Schumacher or the siege goes on! 1pm 8 December

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Class War announces a new plan for the Schumacher action: SACK SCHUMACHER OR THE SIEGE GOES ON!

We will lay siege to HADID HQ till Shumacher comes out by surrounding the building on THURSDAY December 8th at 1pm.

Bring tents, ladders, grappling hooks and noise LOTS OF NOISE like NORIEGA NOISE

We are delighted to announce that we have asked DAVID GRAEBER of OCCUPY WALL STREET to say a few words.

Thursday, December 8 at 1 PM
Zaha Hadid Architects
10 Bowling Green Lane, EC1R 0BQ London (more…)

Feedback from the first Schumacher demo

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UPDATED 6 DEC: “What Patrik Schumacher has said is social fascism. If it’s not opposed early on, it will grow and grow… We as working class people want to stop it right at the beginning” said founder of Class War, Ian Bone…” After Patrik Schumacher voiced his desire for public and affordable housing to be abolished, protesters have targeted the office of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in Clerkenwell, London. In Schumacher’s speech, made earlier this month in Berlin, he argued that state regulations stifle architectural creativity and development while giving tenants of public housing unfair access to city centers. (more…)

“Unproductives” demonstration against the architect of social cleansing fascism, 1pm 30 November EC1R 0BQ

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1pm on Wednesday 30 November 2016 @ Zaha Hadid Architects, 10 Bowling Green Lane, EC1R 0BQ London

BRING POSTERS, BANNERS! Architect Patrik Schumacher wants to get rid of all affordable housing and remove the “unproductive” from London. Let’s show him on Wednesday just what us “Unproductives” think about that!

This is PATRIK SCHUMACHER, director of Zaha Hadid Architects, hater of the working class, and social cleansing denier. And here’s what he had to say recently about who ‘deserves’ to live in London, in which he uses photos from an action against social cleansing that some of us did outside a posh prize-giving at the Royal Institute of British Architects.

His message is clear: the rich want London’s council estates and they don’t give a shit about what they have to do to the working class to get them. (more…)

A proposal to demolish Parliament & Buckingham Palace for social housing development

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If the Tories are worried about insufficient population density in Inner London, then Architects for Social Housing (ASH) formally recommends building in the London Borough of Westminster, which has a far lower density of residents (11,109 per km²) than in Tower Hamlets (14,201 per km²), Hackney (13,850) and Lambeth (11,358), the boroughs whose council estates the Housing Minister and his Chancellor want to replace with high-rise deposit boxes for off-shore companies. (more…)