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Weekly Roundup 064 – 14th to 20th May

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK


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‘Darkness is a luxury not granted to Britain’s council estates’
Authored by Mona Sloane

If we were to think of access to light as a commodity,  would stocking up on it imply some have it better than others? Or is darkness a luxury to be afforded by the elite? This week’s article has an interesting take on light as a reinforcer of  social inequality. Imagine living with floodlights shining into your window all night long. While better visibility enhances a sense of security, an overabundance of light (as in the case of bulkheads shining through the night) screams a misplaced and forced sense of surveillance. Light, especially in the urban realm, is a powerful thing, especially the carefully curated kind. “People make spaces through light, it is the stuff of our everyday lives … ”

Read the whole piece here 

Published by The Guardian.

ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK


‘Green Social Housing’
Published by Monsa Publications

This publications highlights the need and methods for reducing inequality – to create fundamental to fair and sustainable development. The fact sheets outline trends in key dimensions of socio-economic inequality in the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), looking especially at education, gender, health, social expenditure and environmental sustainability. Critical in this study is the understanding that the BRICS countries have growing influence in the global economy, but face challenges in reducing inequality.

Read the publication here.

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO/ PODCAST OF THE WEEK


‘Streets in the sky’
Created by Land8

The filmmaker Joe Gilbert has filmed a short tribute to Alison and Peter Smithson’s Robin Hood Gardens, a social housing blocks located in Poplar, East London, which —as of August 2015— is set to be demolished. Accompanied of commentary from Timothy Brittain-Catlin, the film shows us the buildings’ history and recent threats, in a context of monochrome shots which showing the current situation of willful neglect. The ‘Streets in the Sky’, made famous by the Smithsons and both widely praised and criticised as a response to the collapse of low-density terrace housing.

Brought to you by Joe Gilbert

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