The Edgware Road Project, Serpentine Galleries
This publication derives from the For a Walk With… project I have initiated in 2013 in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries, and the Carlton Dene and Westmead Elderly Resource Centres in London. It is part of the series, Studies on a Road, in which groups who took part in the Edgware Road Project from 2008–2016, have shared their studies of the area and reflections on the stakes of the project.
For a Walk With… project is a proposition to work with residents of care homes experiencing dementia and with care workers in context of residential care. It uses the act of walking as a point of departure in order to address issues surrounding dementia, the politics of care, redevelopment, city and memory. Continuing over the period of 3 and a half years until the publication launch in May 2016 this publication departs from walking as a useful method to investigate and collaboratively respond to the site-specific problems in the everyday.
Drawing on diversity of walks and conversations inside and outside of the care homes it points towards positive acknowledgement of dementia in its alternative understanding of time, space and identity. Deriving from the walking activity as a dynamic reference for research the publication stresses that contemporary understanding of redevelopment processes as a state of urban amnesia is obsolete. Instead it suggests dementia as a more appropriate way of reading the city. For a Walk With: Dementia in the City emphasises enormous potential of dementia in providing a useful method to address diversity of states and processes such as living and aging in a city, from which we might not be able to walk away so easily.
Further links and references:
The Edgware Road Project
Sophie Demay, Annelous Konijnenberg
Cover design and print:
Possible Studies Editors: Amal Khalaf, Janna Graham and Ben Messih. Copy editing by: Camille Barbagallo. Author: Anton Kats