In 2017, Tamara Stoll and James Lander developed their shared interests in social housing in London under threat of redevelopment and the practice of walking and conversation, into a visual essay. The housing in question, Boundary Estate, Ashington House, Ocean Estate, Balfron Tower and Robin Hood Gardens is located in Tower Hamlets, East London. Tamara and James invited collaborators to five conversation-led walks between two estates at a time: Ken Worpole, Lisa Mckenzie, Nayia Yiakoumaki, Geraldine Dening, Simon Elmer and Catherine Croft. Input was sought from architecture to activism, from anthropology to art. The aim was to make connections between different experiences, perspectives and areas of expertise.
Titled ‘Walking Between Streets in the Sky’, the book maps each estate through selections from conversation transcripts accompanied by footnotes. Limited to an edition of 50 copies, each book lists the 50 recipients who were chosen for a connection between where they live or work and the content of the conversations. The Architects for Social Housing (ASH), co-founded by Dening and Elmer, included the book in their discursive week long residency at the ICA, London in Summer 2017. Walking Between Streets in the Sky is accessible at libraries in Tower Hamlets, at UAL libraries and as a pdf here.
Book design is by Bec Worth, an Australian designer with an interest in the social implications, and digressive possibilities, of walking. Bec is a participant of the MA Graphic Media Design course at London College of Communication (LCC). Tamara, an LCC alumnus, is a post-graduate photography student at the Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig, Germany. James is a PhD candidate at Chelsea College of Arts, London. Printing was supported by the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon MPhil/PhD Student Initiative Fund.