participatory projects

living through change (2007-11)


West Kensington, London

The West Kensington estate on North End Road in West London was built in the early 1970s and contains around 1,000 homes. Nearby are a number of other council properties including the Gibbs Green and Clem Attlee estates.

The wider North End Road neighbourhood is a mixed-income district, with a diverse population comprised of both long term residents and short term or transient inhabitants.

A major building programme is currently planned for the area which may see the demolition of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates as part of a redevelopment of the nearby Earls Court complex.


Issue based short films taken from the 60 minute film 'Crossing Paths: Life Along The North End Road' which documents life in this changing area of West London through resident commentary, photography and filmmaking.

Locations, issues and subjects for the film were suggested by local residents. Filming took place at shops, cafes and other locations identified by residents as ‘micro-community’ hubs. One-to-one video or audio interviews were held with 44 residents.

films / walks / resident images / narratives

'it's very, very, very well located' - 3m 16s

'an incredible mixture of people' - 5m 16s

'they'll destroy the community' - 4m 13s

'the haves and the have nots' - 4m 52s

'sometimes I might sleep in the bins' - 5m 03s