Architecture Film Summer School / An English Garden

An English Garden by FA Fellow Will Jennings

A three-part poetic study of Cressingham Gardens, an early-1970s social housing estate in South London. The voices of the people who shape the place are considered, the words of architects, residents and authorities play out to 16mm footage documenting the scheme’s unique characteristics.

Though a celebrated project which has forged a strong community, the threat of demolition hangs over the estate, both place and people potentially victims to London’s finance-driven neoliberal progress.

ARCHITECTURE FILM SUMMER SCHOOL organized by MAXXI in collaboration with Copenhagen Architecture Festival part of Future Architecture, Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

As part of the activities of the Future Architecture European network, MAXXI has asked five young creatives selected through the FA Open Call to produce architectural videos addressing issues
related to the relationship between the pandemic and inhabited space. During an online workshop that lasted the entire month of June, the authors produced works focused on domestic isolation,
the impact of lockdown on emotional and social relationships and the disturbing role played by
public space in the hot months of the pandemic.