Robin Hood Gardens:


Robin Hood Gardens housing estate in Poplar is one of London's best known examples of Brutalism. Designed by architects Alison and Peter Smithson and built in 1972, it has divided opinion as either a modernist masterpiece or a concrete carbuncle. Wide street decks, the so-called 'streets in the sky', were symbolic of east end pavements as well as the architects' social concerns. After less than fifty years and two attempts at listed property status it is now being demolished in stages as part of the Blackwall Reach regeneration scheme.

My involvement was primarily in making a short film with residents who lived on the Estate in the 1970's and which was shown over the Open House London 2016 weekend as part of an on-site exhibition. However over the two years leading up to that event I also made photographs too, primarily architectural, and which now make up this set of monochrome images. I stopped photographing once the smaller Cotton Street block was locked up, hoarded off and awaiting demolition.

More information at www.robinhoodgardens.london.

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