Rotten Utopia is a film concerning Robin Hood Gardens and its residents. Robin Hood Gardens is a 1970s brutalist social housing estate in East London. A campaign was mounted in 2008, by the architectural press, to list Robin Hood Gardens. This was to save the building from the council’s plan to knock it down. The estate is it is on valuable land that would be perfect for redevelopment as it is located close to Canary Wharf and the Olympic Park.
For the past 5 years the the residents of Robin Hood Gardens have felt a frustrating uncertainty over their future. In March 2012, the council confirmed that Robin Hood Gardens would be razed and that its residents would be dispersed. The film highlights the complexities of the social and economic motivations behind bulldozing the estate, and it exposes the intervention (or non-intervention) that the council and developers have made. Rotten Utopia documents the impact felt by the residents as a result of the promised demolition.
Filmed - 1st November 2012