A programme of art, architecture and infrastructure to mark the centenary of the UK’s biggest council housing estate


Alderman Jones's House Exhibition and Public Programme

Alderman Jones's House, 322 Parsloes Avenue

1 – 30 September 2021

In recognition and celebration of the life of Alderman Fred Jones, who lived on a banjo on the Becontree Estate, and his contribution to the social, cultural and civic life of Barking and Dagenham, we hosted a series of exhibitions about the Becontree Estate, including research work of the London Metropolitan University School of Architecture Postgraduate Architecture Unit 14 and Undergraduate Studio 4.

The exhibition, which incorporated archival documents recognising the life and work of Councillor Alderman Jones and an interview with colleagues who knew him, was curated and designed by Pierre d’Avoine and Pereen d’Avoine.

The exhibition also presented research studies and design proposals by students in Unit 14 and Studio 4:

Unit 14 Exhibition: Learning from the River Roding and Mad about Barking and…Dagenham, focuses on work produced during academic years 2018-19 and 2019-20. Research and design proposals were made, which explored the making of architecture and an inclusive city; housing, public realm and green spaces, both in the context of the Becontree Estate and elsewhere in the borough within Barking and Dagenham’s expansive regeneration programme.

Studio 4 Exhibition: Liveness curated by Ludwig Willis Architects explored notions of settlement and neighbourhood on the Becontree Estate and the idea of the ‘Garden City’ as a juxtaposition of urbanism and wilderness, as opposed to a city of gardens (suburbia). The exhibition showcased student research and design proposals for the Becontree Estate during the academic year 2019-20.

Alderman Jones's House was a place where residents, communities and visitors came together to reflect on how the Becontree has evolved and debate how it should develop its buildings, streets, parks and neighbourhoods in the future over the month of September.

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Commissioned by Tamara Horbacka, Cultural Commissioner, The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.