Childhood and Public Housing

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald (Organiser)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference


    Childhood & Public Housing was a one-day symposium and platform for discussion around architecture, legacy, and memories associated with childhood and public housing. The symposium responded to the work of artist, activist and filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman – affording a focus on regional experiences of public housing in the UK alongside international perspectives. This was an interdisciplinary event bringing together expertise in archaeology, cinema, architecture, design, sociology and criminology. These multiple perspectives allow us to consider the social benefits of local cosmopolitanism, play and equality that are ideal affordances of public housing, as well as the disadvantages when homes are badly maintained, sometimes dangerously so, or are in other ways inappropriate for residents building childhoods for themselves and their families. The day consisted of a keynote talk by Venu Dhupa from Community Links, short presentations in the format of three panel discussions and a screening of Lazeez Raimi’s short film An Englishman’s Stead (2019) with the artist attending to discuss his work during a Q&A session. Audience engagement through open discussion and debate was encouraged throughout. Childhood and Public Housing was a Mansions of the Future event developed and delivered in collaboration with the Justice, Arts and Migration project: There’s No Place Like Home. The symposium formed part of Mansions of the Future’s Urban Form: Social Architecture & The Commons season – a four month programme of activity which intends to engage artists, architects, academics and local citizens in conversation and debate around the past, present and future of Lincoln’s social and civic life, within the context of the local built environment. In Lincoln film-maker Andrea Luka Zimmerman will deliver an artist talk and present a screening and Q&A on 4 February and 7 February respectively. Her film Here For Life marks the culmination of a long collaboration between Andrea and theatre-maker Adrian Jackson – a troupe of Londoners and a dog. All have lives shaped by loss and love, trauma and bravery, struggle and resistance. They grapple with a system stacked against them. They dance, steal and eat together; agree and disagree, celebrate their differences and share their talents.
    Period27 Feb 2020
    Event typeOther
    LocationLincoln, United Kingdom
    Degree of RecognitionInternational


    • childhood
    • Child Advocacy
    • housing diversity
    • housing mix
    • Film
    • Luka Zimmerman