by Margarida Brôco Amorim 

There is nothing new about gentrification, as we know it’s here to last.
The term is normally condescendingly accepted by many people  not fully aware of its meaning. Most of the time, this trend is seen as a positive action that regenerates a certain area making the city centre more pleasant to live in. By this mean, the class’ differentiation and exclusion are being put aside.
Over the past years, an immense part of London has been not only redeveloped, but also privatised. Furthermore, according to these changes, it is predictable to assume that privatisation of spaces is the price we all have to pay for the inadequate enthusiasm of redevelopment. The skyline of London is no longer ruled by the principles of modernism where “form followed function”. Instead, new luxury residential towers have been built, creating a dystopian lifestyle in a double glazing city.

Image credits: Charlotte Warne Thomas, Be more than an individual
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