2019-10-08 ASH protest at Riba Stirling Prize
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London, UK. 8 October, 2019. Campaigners from Architects for Social Housing (ASH) protest outside the award ceremony for the Riba Stirling Prize at the Roundhouse. ASH were protesting against the Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) nomination of the architecture of social cleansing, estate demolition and housing privatisation for the Stirling Prize, against the false promotion of council-owned commercial housing development and management companies as a so-called 'renaissance in social housing', against the association of the name of socially committed architect, the late Neave Brown, with the architecture of Neo-liberalism, gainst the collaboration of the Royal Institute of British Architects, supposedly the profession's ethical guide, with the financiers and developers of the global housing crisis; against the use of award ceremonies such as the Stirling Prize to suppress public knowledge of the social, environmental and financial costs of the estate regeneration programme and the role it is playing in clearing London land for global capital, against the irresponsible promotion of the culture of demolition and redevelopment that is one of the main contributors to carbon emissions in the UK, against the servile collusion of the architectural profession and press in all of the above, for a socialist architecture that is socially beneficial, financially viable and environmentally sustainable, and which meets the housing needs of UK citizens. More details at: https://architectsforsocialhousing.co.uk.