"Estate is a compelling, critically important contribution to
public housing - and a provocative intervention into one of the
most pressing social crises facing Britain."
Owen Jones, author of Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class
"Estate is touched with love and unflinching observation and the
respect which the acknowledging eye can give, full of pragmatism,
humour and goodness. It portrays with unerring precision the
character of the big London estates I have known well: the
inventive beauty, caged poverty, self-respect, bitter fury,
sickness, dirt and hope."
Jay Griffiths, award winning writer and author of Wild: An Elemental Journey, Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, Anarchipelago and A Love Letter from a Stray Moon
"The public imaginary of social housing in Britain is a
wasteland of journalistic clichés, political pieties and economic
lies. Estate tells an entirely different story, and brings to life
a real housing estate in east London, conjured forth in sympathetic
words and photographs, and based on direct action to bring about
change. A beautiful, heartfelt, path-breaking work."
Ken Worpole, environmentalist and author of Towns for People, Staying Close to the River and Here Comes the Sun: Architecture and Public Space in 20th Century European Culture
"In Nero times like ours, a rhetoric or polemic of opposition,
however lucidly proposed, is no longer enough. Cultural activism
needs to embody a poetics of resistance - a richly textured
territory which in and of itself challenges prejudice and marks the
beginning of a fresh way of being in the world. Passionately
engaged, running on a lyric defiance and profoundly empathetic,
Estate offers just such a space: building a new architecture of
belonging that sears with loss while refusing to yield."
Gareth Evans, writer, editor and curator
"Estate is a beautiful book full of fragility and human life, apparently focused on the the Haggerston West & Kingsland Estates in Hackney, East London, but broadening out to touch on a variety of topics from public housing to art to innovation. The book contains 56 pictures ... full of the improvised solution that necessity brings on and the discarded remnants of life. They stand in stark contrast with the playful, sometimes opaque art that housing associations and others commission to rejuvenate areas." Thomas Neumark Jones, author and organiser
"An excellent and important polemic".
Owen Hatherley, author of A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain
"This is an incredible book that will move you deeply... 5 stars"
Andrea Gibbons, author, organiser and PM Press editor