Granby 4 Streets and the Turner Prize

Amazing Assemble! This is how to make homes and create communities. They have my vote ( and just when I thought I never wanted to hear that word again, having wasted mine here in Torytown only last week.)

A Sense of Place

Assemble at Granby 4 Streets Market, in the yellow jackets. Assemble at Granby 4 Streets Market, in the yellow jackets.

The news has just broken that Assemble, the Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust architects, are one of the four nominations for this year’s Turner Prize, principally for their work in Granby.

“In an age when anything can be art, why not have a housing estate?” asked judge Alistair Hudson, when pressed about the inclusion of the London-based collective Assemble.”

The Guardian goes on to say:

Assemble represent a first for the Turner prize: currently comprising 18 designers and architects under 30, they are a loose collective who make direct interventions. The primary project they are nominated for is their collaboration with residents of the Granby Four Streets area of Toxteth in Liverpool.

The red-brick terraced estate had fallen into disrepair until four years ago when, inspired by the guerrilla gardening movement, residents began taking the situation into their own…

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