Bibliography for a Socialist Architecture: Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, Vancouver

Architects for Social Housing

As part of ASH’s residency at the 221A Gallery in Vancouver, the Pollyanna 圖書館 Library asked us to provide a bibliography of books to add to their collection that provide a written context to the four workshops we will be holding on the principles and practices of a socialist architecture. This is what we came up with.

Bibliography for a Socialist Architecture: Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, Vancouver

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An Anarchist Solution to Global Warming ~ Peter Gelderloos

Aotearoa/New Zealand Anti-Capitalist Green Front

How would anarchists suggest we reorganize society in order to decrease the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and to survive an already changed world?

There is no single anarchist position, and many anarchists refuse to offer any proposal at all, arguing that if society liberates itself from State and capitalism, it will change organically, not on the lines of any blueprint. Besides, the attitude of policy, seeing the world from above and imposing changes, is inextricable from the culture that is responsible for destroying the planet and oppressing its inhabitants.

Nonetheless, I want to outline one possible way we could organize our lives, not to make a concrete proposal, but because visions make us stronger, and we all need the courage to break once and for all with the existing institutions and the false solutions they offer. For the purposes of this text I’m not going to enter…

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Newham residents complaint to Mayor at full council meeting

Focus E15 Campaign

The deputation to the Council of Newham…

Residents of Brimstone House formed a powerful woman led deputation to the Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz and the full Labour council meeting at Stratford Town Hall on Monday 15 July. The deputation spoke about their submission of a legal complaint, compiled with the Public Interest Law Centre supported by Focus E15 campaign, regarding the appalling conditions of the temporary and emergency accommodation in the Newham Council-owned building in Victoria Street, Brimstone House.

img-20190715-wa00321062319746.jpg The deputation by Brimstone House residents was organised after a year of meetings with Newham Council which has seen little change for the majority of the residents.

One Focus E15 campaigner Hannah Caller described what happened during the deputation: “the powerful and eloquent words of mothers, pregnant women and teenagers sent shivers down the spine of even the most hardened. This is no way to treat people, lives of adults and…

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The future of Essex libraries – the devil is in the detail…

A few days ago, in response to the announcement from Essex County Council that there would be no actual library closures in the next five years, we published this post: Essex library closures – a battle has been won but the fight goes on. Like Save Our Libraries Essex (SOLE), we suspected that the devil would be in the detail and this has subsequently proved to be the case. This is what SOLE have had to say about the detail:

The revised library strategy has been released.

SOLE said the devil would be in the detail. However there remains a distinct lack of detail and transparency. Many people across the county will be wondering if their local library is about to see its librarians sacked and taken over by volunteers. And if their local library is about to be taken over, who will be taking it over (of course many…

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Malatesta: The Anarchists’ Task (1899)

Robert Graham's Anarchism Weblog

Since the beginnings of organized anarchist movements in the so-called First International, anarchists have had to figure out how to participate in popular liberation movements, whether working class movements against capitalism, movements against dictatorial governments, anti-war movements, national liberation movements, women’s liberation movements, gay liberation movements, the Occupy movement, and so on, without losing their anarchist identity. Errico Malatesta confronted these issues from the beginning of his career as an anarchist revolutionary during the First International, which was an association of working class organizations with sometimes very different political positions. In this article from 1899, when there was a growing movement in Italy to abolish the monarchy, Malatesta attempts to steer a middle course between an anarchist purism which holds itself aloof from popular struggles that do not seek the immediate abolition of capitalism and the state, and collaboration with other political groups resulting in anarchists subordinating themselves to…

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The demise of independent local media

We’ll be honest and admit that a fair chunk of what we do in terms of commenting and putting our slant on local issues is only possible because of the hard graft put in by dedicated local journalists. The problem we face is that local journalism is in terrible shape at the moment. Yet another local news outlet, the Yellow Advertiser, will be shutting their doors: ‘We went out with a bang’: Thank you and goodbye, for now, from the Yellow Advertiser.

Increasingly, all that’s left are the large newspaper groups such as Newsquest, the publishers of the Thurrock Gazette. These groups treat local papers as little more than advertising platforms staffed by a handful of under resourced reporters struggling to produce content. All too often, the reporters will have to contribute to a number of titles in the area they cover. In addition to this, neighbouring titles will…

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What is capitalism and where is it taking us?

Focus E15 Campaign

Karl Marx’s political work has a lot to offer us in terms of making sense of the world we live in today -a system where people are not housed when there is housing and not fed when there is food, in short where many people’s basic needs are not being met.

Karl Marx’s ideas will be explored over the next 3 monthly campaign meetings in short interactive sessions led by the artist Andrew Cooper and campaigner Eric Ogbogbo. The first session, The Bones of Capitalism, is on Saturday July 6th. Come and listen to this special series of accessible presentations which have been designed as an introduction to Karl Marx’s Capital, using drawings to help illustrate all the big ideas.

Session 1
-The Bones of Capitalism
What makes value? What are wages?
What is the source of capitalist profits?

Session 2
-Abundance and Waste
Why with increasing technological advances…

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