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Robin Hood Gardens; archaeology and geography of identity

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Photo by Ed Brookes

The iconic Brutalist housing estate at Robin Hood Gardens is currently being demolished as part of a wider regeneration project. Issues of identity loom large at Robin Hood Gardens; different potential futures and multiple pasts all playing, and highly contested, in the present, there for us to see. In this practical workshop, participants will hear about current research into Robin Hood Gardens and the legacies of Brutalist housing in London (Ed Brookes, RHUL), and archaeological approaches to modern buildings and landscapes (James Dixon and Melissa Cutting, Wood). After this introduction to the geography and archaeology of Robin Hood Gardens, participants will undertake their own archaeological investigation of the surrounding built environment. We will then use the evidence gathered during this investigation to develop a range of narratives of ongoing change at Robin Hood Gardens before bringing these together to develop speculative strategies for survival, adaptation, cooperation, co-option and reclamation in the Robin Hood Gardens of tomorrow.

This is an outdoor event and suitable for all ages.

See here for meeting details and the rest of London Festival of Architecture 2018.

Robin Hood Land
Photo by Ed Brookes
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