Author Archives: Julia Heslop

Standing In Thin Air

This is a piece I wrote years ago (but forgot about) in which I talk about how it felt to have the building that I once worked in – The NewBridge Project – demolished. I was going to write about my initial anger at the redevelopment of the area where my building once stood (Newbridge […]

Constructing the Housing Crisis

In this post Julia and Emma Ormerod question what we mean when we talk about a ‘housing crisis’. This piece was originally written for the Housing Studies Association. A full journal paper on this subject in Antipode will follow. The UK housing crisis seems to be ubiquitous and pervasive. Across the manifesto pages of all the mainstream […]

An Island Estate

I’ve been interested in the Isle of Eigg for many years, since reading Alastair Mackintosh’s brilliant book Soil and Soul in which he traces the community buyout of the island over twenty years ago. My work has always been about land (although it’s taken me a while to realise that). From making paintings at the […]

From ‘The Brasilia of the North’ to the real Brasilia

Brasilia makes me think of my hometown of Newcastle, which is strange because the two cities really have very little to do with one another. However, the leader of Newcastle City Council from 1960-5, T Dan Smith, declared that he would build Newcastle in the image of Brasilia, to make Newcastle the ‘Brasilia of the […]

Chiloé: The Life and Death of a House

“A building breathes through the mouth of its windows and the lungs of its air-conditioning system. It circulates fluids through the veins and arteries of its pipes and sends messages to all parts of its body through the nervous system of its electric wires. A building is protected by the skin of its façade and […]

The Turkey and the Red Herring: Losing Albania

My last visit to Albania in December was tough. Arriving into Tirana on the night bus from Athens early on a Saturday morning I was asleep with Bob Dylan in my ears. I woke up as the bus was turning into the main square of the city. The first thing I saw was the mosaic […]

Home Truths

This is an article that was originally written for The Northern Correspondent  and is reblogged here. From red tops to broadsheets, there is wide agreement that we are amidst a housing crisis. Coupled with regressive austerity policies and welfare reform housing has never been so politically and socially divisive. We are also seeing a rise in increasingly […]