Geraldine Dening

Geraldine Dening is a London-based architect, a senior lecturer at De Montfort University, and a founding member of Architects for Social Housing (ASH): a collective of urban designers, academics, engineers, artists, and activists who are responding to London’s present housing crisis. As part of its mandate to find sustainable alternatives to the planned demolition of Greater London’s social housing, ASH works with and offers support to the residents of the region’s estimated 3500 housing estates, who face eviction and displacement in the wake of up-market regeneration schemes. In this year alone, ASH submitted refurbishment design proposals for the Cressingham, Knight’s Walk, Cotton Gardens, and Central Hill estates–each produced from workshops held in collaboration with estate tenants. In June 2015, Dening and ASH coordinated Open Garden Estates, a London-wide public education event involving community tours and teach-ins, aimed to dispel harmful representations of housing estates and their residents.