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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Saturday 30 January 2016, Kill the Housing Bill!