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.
Architectural Workers: Why do our practices get no bad press when we’re carrying out Schumacher’s vision for London? | Schumacher – who admits he has little concrete knowledge to back his ‘solutions’ to the ‘housing crisis’, and has no involvement with public housing projects in London – has already agreed to a public debate with ASH. We now challenge the heads of leading regeneration practices, as housing “specialists”, to counter our insights, and participate in an open debate about the gentrification they are enabling.
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy: Council estates: why demolition is anything but the solution | In early 2016, the Prime Minister announced plans for the demolition of 100 large, run-down and difficult to manage council estates. Anne Power argues demolition not only doesn’t solve housing and social problems, but in fact deepens them. Here, she outlines the hidden costs of the process, and explains why infilling and upgrading is what the government should actually be looking at, not demolition.
South Essex Heckler: You can’t debate with people who’ve declared war on you | People having a go at Schumacher have been accused of trying to ‘silence’ and ‘no platform’ him. Seriously, those who feel they are threatened with being removed from London and dumped in an alien and hostile environment with no support network have been accused of trying to stifle Schumacher’s right to freedom of speech. If you want to exercise the right to freedom of speech, fair enough… Just bear in mind that if you’re effectively saying that people need to be cleansed out of London because you think they’re economically unproductive, expect a hostile reaction from the people you want to pack up and go. Chat shit, get banged…
RCG London: Protest against social cleansing architect Patrik Schumacher | … In a recent presentation at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin Schumacher claimed that council house tenants in central London are ‘free-riding’ and should be shooed along to make way for his staff members or those that supposedly generate wealth. This is just one of the many poisonous ideas that seem to spew out of Schumacher’s mouth; he recently lavished praise on those who have second homes in London: ‘Even if they’re here only for a few weeks and throw some key parties, these are amazing multiplying events.’
Arch2o.com: Activists in London Protest Against ZHA in Defence of the Diverse Social Class! | An irate group of protesters arrived outside the offices of Zaha Hadid Architects on November 30th to raise objections to the company’s director, Patrik Schumacher. Schumacher had just given a speech where he voiced some strong opinions on London’s social housing and private market. The protesters, from a group known as Class War, are accusing Schumacher, and ZHA by association, of being anti-working class. The company has since provided a statement on where they stand on the issue, but this won’t be enough for many protesters.
Co-Design: Architecture’s Identity Crisis | KELSEY CAMPBELL-DOLLAGHAN 12.01.16 | The London office of architect Zaha Hadid seems like an unlikely place for a protest. But yesterday, protestors gathered to condemn the statements of the firm’s director, and Hadid’s longtime collaborator, Patrik Schumacher. Holding signs that read “fascist” and “class war,” the protestors railed against Schumacher’s recent manifesto for urban policy, which called for the privatization of all urban space and an end to affordable housing policies. In short, the poor don’t belong in cities anymore.
Architects Newspaper: “Come out Patrik, come out from under that table!” cry protesters at Zaha Hadid Architects’ London office | JASON SAYER (@JSAYER94) | November 30 2016 | After Patrik Schumacher voiced his desire for public and affordable housing to be abolished, protesters have today 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. Schumacher also called for 80 percent of Hyde Park to be built upon and for the privatization of all public space, all of which was part of his “urban policy manifesto.”
Dezeen: Activists protest at Zaha Hadid Architects’ office over Patrik Schumacher speech | Amy Frearson | 30 November 2016 | Angry protesters picketed the Zaha Hadid Architects office in London today, following director Patrik Schumacher’s call for the city’s social housing to be scrapped. More than 20 activists met outside the firm’s office at 1pm today to protest against the architect, who voiced his controversial views on housing in a speech at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin earlier this month. The campaign was organised by Class War, a group that supports the rights of the working class…
Architects Journal: Schumacher’s vision is one in which the rich use the rest of the world as their playground | 30 NOVEMBER, 2016 BY IAN RITCHIE | Patrik Schumacher’s WAF speech revealed him as an apologist for the politics of disposability, with no respect for the registers of care, compassion, and democratic vision, says Ian Ritchie…
Eveminge Standard: Furious activists protest top architect over call to evict central London council tenants | Furious activists gathered outside the office of leading architect Patrik Schumacher today to protest his calls for “free-riding” council tenants to be moved out of central London…
Statement from his company, Zahar Hadid Architects: Letter from Zaha Hadid Architects – ‘Schumacher’s urban manifesto is not our future’
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