School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

One Hundred and Thirty Million Pounds of Earth

Julia Heslop

Shieldfield, an estate in Newcastle, is caught in the middle of a global land and development market. From 2011-2015 Shieldfield’s Ward saw a 467% increase in student housing numbers. By mapping ownership and land values, this work uncovered offshore ownership - money that has little relationship to the local economy. Each building was then recreated using handmade bricks each ‘worth’ £250,000 - the size of each model corresponding to the amount paid for the land.

Collaborative Partners

This work was made as part of Dwellbeing, a group of people that live/work in Shieldfield who have come together in response to the impacts of rapid urban development in the neighbourhood.

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