G-e-n-t-r-i-f-i-c-a-t-i-o-n

gentrification
noun gen·tri·fi·ca·tion \ˌjen-trə-fə-ˈkā-shən\
“the buying and renovation of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by upper- or middle-income families or individuals, thus improving property values but often displacing low-income families and small businesses”

Since my news story and, consequently, my modified narrative were based around the subjects of ‘Housing Crisis’ and ‘Gentrification’, it was important that I started Part II of this briefing by researching these concepts. Here’s what I found:

Housing Crisis

I found ‘The Guardian’ particularly resourceful when it came to different articles about London’s housing crisis. These are a few of the ones I read:

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Gentrification

As a sort of ‘introduction’ to gentrification, I found this very helpful article, explaining the causes and effects of gentrification, along with some facts and possible solutions: ‘What Is Gentrification, Anyway?’

In general, what I found for ‘Gentrification’ was more visually appealing than what I had found for ‘Housing Crisis’. These projects below felt more artistic opposed to illustrations made for economy magazines.

  • Untitled/Brixton: a publication exploring the gentrification of Brixton in South London through the application of Jan Van Toorn’s dialogic approach to graphic design (made by an LCC student);
  • Europan 10 – Warsaw: Competition Winning Entry is not recent (2009), so it was not as applicable to modern London as the other projects I’ve found; still, the visuals were interesting;
  • Dear London, I _ _ _ _ you. is a poster which works as a love/hate letter/ode/rant to London. Based around a 3057 word written piece by Michael C Place, mapping the city through Build’s 15 year stint in the capital. The poster was screen printed and displayed at the Ground Floor Space gallery in Bermondsey, SE1 3HX during The London Design Festival, 2015.de81b234858231-56e1386d95859

Although I am mainly against gentrification, I thought it was important to read about its advantages and the good results it sometimes has on a community.

  • In Defense of Gentrification is another article, this time defending gentrification. “The prevailing narrative ignores an abundance of evidence that relatively few low-income neighborhoods get gentrified—and when they do, there’s much less displacement than is commonly assumed.”

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