Assemble and Granby Four Streets community land trust offer a better model for living | Letter | Art and design | The Guardian


It’s great that “non-artists” Assemble won the Turner prize not just by “ignoring the art market” but also by tackling urban dereliction in Toxteth, Liverpool, with good design (Report, 7 December). The Turner Prize judges rightly praised Assemble’s “ground-up approach to regeneration, city planning and development in opposition to corporate gentrification”. However, it was local residents, including those running Granby Four Streets community land trust, who opposed the demolition of the area.Turner prize winner Assemble’s debt to William MorrisLetters: William Morris said: ‘If I were asked to say what is at once the most important production of art and the thing most to be longed for, I should answer, a beautiful home’ Read moreCommunity land trusts are set up by communities as an alternative to both government and market failure – there are 175 founded since 2004. And John Ruskin, the art historian who celebrated Turner’s work, also pioneered land trusteeship and his protege Octavia Hill set up Marylebone Housing Association as well as the National Trust.So Assemble and Granby Four Streets CLT are indeed an inspiring “alternative model of how society can work”, for example, to push back a crazy housing market designed by government to favour the rich. Such creative leadership as Assemble offers can help co-create beautiful, convivial, affordable homes and places to live, not just boxes. And as Ruskin wrote, “there is no wealth but life”.Martin Large

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