On Sunday 1 February, Royal College of Art architecture student Amanda Sexton took action to help save our estates from demolition. Her demonstration was a spontaneous reaction to the greed and injustice of the demolition plans for the area. She was greeted with support from a neighbouring resident who warmed her up with a cup of tea.
This video records her making the dust drawings.Amanda explains: “I made the dust drawing as a protest to the redevelopment of the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centres and the West Kensington & Gibbs Green Estates. I used dust as a metaphor for the senseless destruction of a long standing, diverse and stable community. I also wanted to highlight the tragic loss of the iconic exhibition centres and the vast collective memory generated during its many years of events and exhibitions.I also thought it was important to represent the economic loss in terms of revenue produced by the Exhibition centres as well as the huge blow to local businesses and employment. I find it absurd that buildings that are vital in the present day, but not deemed worthy of Heritage listing, are so easily cast aside. Legislation such as the Certificate of Immunity from listing encourages this position – whereby a building of suspected cultural or community value is at the mercy of the bulldozer for a full five years before any effective action to save it can be taken.
As you will all be well aware, this process of urban regeneration or “urbicide” goes hand in hand with a new era of social cleansing that is being rolled out across London. My project proposes a series of community driven interventions within the demolition/construction site that could help to redress the balance of power between Capco and estate residents.”Well done Amanda and thank you for standing up for local residents against the abuse of the developer!