estate

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Haggerston estate, once a proud symbol of social progress, lately a troubled ‘sink estate’, is now a crumbling ruin; in contrast, the half-built City Mills development promises a bright future. Fresh from the drawing board, the pristine apartment complex is a dream-object untarnished by the messiness of life.

In the carcass of the old housing-estate, its doors and windows now gaping holes, we find the remaining residents clinging surreally to their old routines: tending plants, brewing wine, wiping mould off the doomed walls and stuffing draughty vents. Some share happy memories of Haggerston in its prime; some are haunted by the years of neglect; others remain silent, absorbed in their work. Meanwhile, in the embryonic skeleton of the new build - likewise windowless and doorless - we dream of a different future for estates.

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Designed by David Roberts and Andrea Luka Zimmerman.
Image credit: Briony Campbell, Therese Henningsen, David Roberts and Andrea Luka Zimmerman.
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