Open Garden Estates
Open Garden Estates is an initiative for residents on council estates threatened with demolition. It is an opportunity for residents to open up their estate’s green areas, communal spaces and private gardens to the public, and help change the widely held but inaccurate perception of council estates as ‘concrete jungles’ that has been used to justify David Cameron’s plans to Blitz 100 so-called ‘sink estates’. Walking tours for visitors showed how well the estates are designed for community living, and increased awareness of the strong and mixed communities that live on them. Above all, it was a chance for estate communities to meet and organise the campaign to save their homes. Geraldine and ASH worked with the residents to come up with ideas, drew maps, produced publicity materials and helped coordinate the event.
Citation : Dening, G. (2016) Open Garden Estates. Architects 4 Social Housing
Research Institute : Institute of Architecture
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