Re:development: Voices, Cyanotypes & Writings from The Green Backyard

Silent Grid, 2016

Re:development brings together voices, cyanotypes and writings from The Green Backyard, a ‘community growing project’ in Peterborough that, for years, was threatened with a proposed development. The book, a culmination of Jessie Brennan's year-long residency hosted by arts organisation Metal, brings together artwork and 10 essay contributions exploring the politics of land use and value. It is an attempt to explore in The Green Backyard one of Britain’s most contested territories: land ownership, and its radical political shift from communal to private. 

Contributing authors include: Sophie Antonelli (activist; co-founder of The Green Backyard); Dr. Alexandre Apsan Frediani (researcher of development practice; Lecturer at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL); Dr. Robert Biel (carpenter-historian; Senior Lecturer at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL); Dougald Hine (writer and social thinker; co-founder of Dark Mountain); Prof. Jane Holder (Professor of Environmental Law, UCL); Anna Minton (writer; Co-Director of UEL’s MRes course, Reading the Neoliberal City); Dr. Barbara Penner (architectural historian; Senior Lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL); Prof. Jane Rendell (artist-writer; Professor of Architecture and Art, and Director of History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture); Prof. Ben Rogaly (geographer; Professor of Geography, University of Sussex); and Dr. Maria Walsh (writer and art critic; Reader in Artists’ Moving Image at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London).

Available from bookshops, and order online:

AA Bookshop 

RIBA Bookshop

The Photographers' Gallery

Camden Arts Centre

Tate Modern

Whitechapel Gallery

South London Gallery

dalla Rosa Gallery


Press, reviews and mentions of Re:development and related project:

Guardian Cities 

Ken Worpole 

Chris Fite-Wassilak 



See also Re: development - Inside The Green Backyard, a collaborative networked exhibition.