Tuesday, 16 August 2016
There Are No Firm Rules - Platform Residency - Park Hill - A Separation
Park Hill (this wikipedia page is excellent) is a council housing estate built between 1957 and 1961, and in 1998 was given Grade II* listed building status.
The estate is being renovated by developers Urban Splash.
We walked around and through and up and in and UP to the roof.
There are two parts
1. The failed
A beautiful emptied relic
I marvelled at the plan. I wondered at the space. I was enthralled at the architecture.
The fail here maybe isn't the plan, nor the architecture, but maybe the fail here is the care.
2. The rejuvenated
the look may split opinion
but the triumph here is that an investment of care has replaced a mindless and automatic demolition.
The Separation? Well. The unfinished zones seem to stand as an anti-flag - a representation of failure, cordoned from the newtopia of the regenerated. This failure may be a convenient myth.