Free

The Build Up

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  • Festival
Photograph of two young men in conversation, standing in front of a poster exhibited as part of the Living with Buildings exhibition at Wellcome Collection.

What you’ll do

Join us to explore the injustices and inequalities created by our relationships with buildings. This will be a day of conversations, performances, workshops and films. Drop in to reflect on the housing crisis, the politics of public spaces, and how all this affects our health, with activists, young people, academics and artists.

Dates

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Events

    • Discussion

    Architecture as Injustice

    The Forum

    Join experts for a panel discussion to explore the relationship between architecture and injustice in housing, public spaces and courtrooms. With Lynsey Hanley, author of ‘Estates: An intimate History’, Paul Gilbert, anthropologist at The University of Sussex and Meredith Rossner, criminologist at The London School of Economics and Political Science. Facilitated by Insa Koch, Professor of Law and Anthropology.

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    • Workshop

    Borderline Estate Agency

    Viewing Room

    Pop in to this imaginary estate agent created by 30 Bird and Public Works to browse the ‘in between’ spaces in the local area that no one currently seems to own, and think creatively about what you’d do with them, given the chance. You can also sign-up to visit some of the ‘gap sites’ in the local area.

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    • Performance

    Mum. Edit. More

    Reading Room

    Watch a short dance and spoken-word performance by Shannelle ‘Tali’ Fergus about the gentrification of Brixton and then listen to or join in with a discussion with an expert from Black History Walks.

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    • Workshop

    Social Housing not Social Cleansing

    The Studio

    Join The Blueprint Theatre Company for art and activism exploring the issues of homelessness, insecure housing and health with housing activists Focus E15, the Housing and Mental Health Network and the Musuem of Homelessness. You can choose to paint a banner, have a chat or take a turn on the open microphone.

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    • Workshop

    Homesick

    Williams Lounge

    Drop in to view films created by young people with S.P.I.D. Theatre about their local estates in Camden, Kensington and Chelsea. You can also participate in one of two workshops exploring ideas about living in shared spaces; sign up from 10am in the Williams Lounge.

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    • Performance

    Between the Storeys, Live

    The Forum

    Join Poet in the City for film screenings, poetry and discussion about nightlife and community in Smithfield, and the effect of gentrification on young people’s wellbeing. There will be two performances, each an hour long.

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    • Discussion

    Living with Regeneration

    The Forum

    Come and hear a panel discussion on insecure housing and mental health. The Blueprint Theatre Company have organised this discussion, which features Architects for Social Housing, The Housing and Mental Health Network and Professor of Urban Studies Paul Watt. It will be facilitated by film-maker Tom Cordell.

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    • Workshop

    The Banquet

    The Atrium

    Take a seat at this digital banquet table to explore ideas of homelessness, food and privilege with New Horizon Youth Centre and artist Elaine Duigenan.

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    • Workshop

    The Daily Route-Teen

    Throughout the building

    Visit four pop-up installations created by young people from our Raw Minds Ambassadors panel, on the themes of homes, shopping centres, education, and the outside.

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Need to know

Multi-part programme

This is a large-scale drop-in event with activities throughout the day where you can just turn up. There are also some scheduled performances, workshops and talks that have limited spaces and are first come, first served.