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Key details


  • Battersea
  • The Hangar, RCA Studio Building, London SW11 4NL


  • Free

Who could attend

  • Everyone


  • Exhibition

'What is development?' was a question raised by a tenant of Lansdowne Green in South London during a project on the estate. This project worked with oral histories and Feldenkrais to explore issues connected to social housing, its architecture, sustaining communities, and wellbeing through movement. A small exhibition and events in the Hangar at RCA Battersea present new material from this research.

The display features sound recordings, Feldenkrais charts, architectural drawings, and tenants' archives relating to community-led activities and the estate’s regeneration. Events will include a research presentation by Grant Watson (Tutor in the School of Arts and Humanities) and visual artist Yael Davids; a Feldenkrais demonstration by RCA students; and a panel discussion about the lived experience of social housing, its development, maintenance and adaptation, both historically and today, with tenants, architects and urbanists.

Programme of events

Wednesday 15 May, 6–8pm

Research Presentation with Grant Watson, Yael Davids, Laura Vallés Vilchez (Chair)

Saturday 18 May

2pm: Introduction: Grant Watson, Jessica Hindes, Yael Davids
2.45pm: Feldenkrais Demonstration: Ruth Polden, Yael Davids and RCA students
3.15pm: Panel discussion including: Christine Mills, Desanka Bajic, Daniel Talesnik, Dubravka Sekulić (Chair)

Exhibition Opening Times: 15–20 May, open between 11am – 6pm (closed Sunday 19 May)

What is development?