The news has just broken that Assemble, the Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust architects, are one of the four nominations for this year’s Turner Prize, principally for their work in Granby.
“In an age when anything can be art, why not have a housing estate?” asked judge Alistair Hudson, when pressed about the inclusion of the London-based collective Assemble.”
The Guardian goes on to say:
Assemble represent a first for the Turner prize: currently comprising 18 designers and architects under 30, they are a loose collective who make direct interventions. The primary project they are nominated for is their collaboration with residents of the Granby Four Streets area of Toxteth in Liverpool.
The red-brick terraced estate had fallen into disrepair until four years ago when, inspired by the guerrilla gardening movement, residents began taking the situation into their own hands by setting up a community land trust. From there, they invited Assemble to help improve the houses and neighbourhood. “This was people on the ground, bringing artists in, to make the world better,” says Hudson.
Another Assemble project is the Baltic Street Adventure Playground in Dalmarnock, east Glasgow: a rethinking of what a playground is and one that allows children to embrace both their creative and destructive sides.
All 18 share a studio in east London and accepted the nomination only after a group meeting. “They don’t occupy the realm of the single genius, solitary artist,” said Hudson. “This is collective activity working in society.”
The Independent also reports the news: