Save Our Space - Handbook & Gathering
After the destruction of Tidemill community gardens in Deptford and evictions of Reginald house, we saw first hand the effects gentrification can have on a community. The residents had been through protests, evictions and legal battles in attempts to save their space. As this battle was already being fought with little hope left, we found Achilles Street, a site under its first stages of attack by the same construction company.
Our project aimed to bring these two communities together to fight the same battle, sharing knowledge and experience to empower each other. The bureaucracy of resisting construction in London make it very hard for people to access information around future plans and making complaints before it's too late.
We created a handbook as an act of resilience, to empower the population against big companies. The book contained information on how to protest, contact people, appeal and hopefully save your own space. We hosted an event to act as an intervention, to inform the residents of Achilles Street who were unaware of their future displacement, and bring these two communities together. We presented a photo series of local people and shop owners, displaying the community that will be lost when the space is taken over and collecting signatures to help fight the battle throughout.