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 to be demolished as part of the Blackwall Reach regeneration scheme.
My involvement in this collaborative project has been to make a short film with residents who lived on the Estate in the 1970's and which is to have its first showing, as part of an on site exhibition, during Open House London 2016.
More information at www.robinhoodgardens.london.