The Right to the City: ASH Residency at the 221A Gallery, Vancouver

Architects for Social Housing (ASH)

‘Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.’

– Bertolt Brecht

For a Socialist Architecture (under Capitalism)

Within the overall socio-economic context of Western democracies today, in which there is a cross-party consensus from the political establishment on the marketisation of housing provision, and whatever party forms a government there is no longer the political will to make the state responsible for housing its citizens, how do we meet the housing needs of an increasingly homeless population? Is a socialist model of housing provision unsustainable and impossible within capitalist economies? And in the absence of a socialist government – let alone a socialist revolution – on the horizon, what would a socialist architecture look like?

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