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house of annetta opened in 2021 as a new social centre to support spatial justice and land reform - building on the ethos of the edith maryon foundation, which was established in switzerland in 1990 to decommodify property and is the current steward and legal owner of the house.Our ambition for the project is to slowly grow an organisation in parallel with the continual construction of the building. we want to honour the critical, uncompromising and complex way in which annetta lived - to be careful, political and inventive. we hope that in the future, the house can be an evolving resource that supports people with time and space to think critically about the world around them.



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ASSEMBLE
house of annetta is being developed by assemble, a multi-disciplinary design collective based in london.

                           




the house at 25 princelet street is owned by the edith maryon foundation, a swiss charity established in 1990 to prevent financial speculation on land and real estate.


annettas trust

we have set up a new not-for-profit to manage the house, called annettas trust.


annetta pedretti

over 40 years until her death in 2018, 25 princelet st was been home to annetta pedretti, who used the space to create a powerful collection of theoretical, architectural and artistic projects.
in 1981 on the second floor annetta started a printing press, `princelet editions`, publishing books about how language, design and thinking could change the way we interact with the world.

                                   
                                     

                              
shared interests
                                             


      
with our shared interest in land rights and housing justice. assemble is in residency onsite helping to grow and develop the house of annetta. we have set up office space on the first floor and will be here every week from wednesday to friday.

we are working with shared assets to develop conversations about how we can use the house to establish a new charity to pursue the ethos of the edith maryon foundation in the UK.

the edith maryon foundation “seeks to withdraw land from the flow of commodities and hereditary property and thus from speculation permanently to promote social housing or workplaces” with a focus on the social and economic outcomes of asset ownership.

We are currently doing fundraising  to support various projects and programmes to take place over the coming months which include:


  • Growing the back garden space with Land in Our Names

  • Communal eating events with Tati

  • Developing a UK School for Designing a Society

  • Women in construction workshops to build a temporary kitchenette for the first floor


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KNOWLEDGE BUILDING: household economics

               HoA team


House of Annetta is a new centre for land reform and spatial justice, systemic concerns that are both produced by and in turn reproduce our economic order. To create a new home for criticality of the current system and an environment in which to nurture alternatives, we first need to look at the economic relations within the project itself.

The English words "economy" and "economics" can be traced back to the Greek word οἰκονόμος (i.e. "household management"), a composite word derived from οἶκος ("house;household;home") and νέμω ("manage; distribute;to deal out;dispense") by way of οἰκονομία ("household management")….

Is there a way the revenue and management model of the house could be based on an economic model that includes values, investment and returns in metrics that are not purely financial? How might we build environmental or social concerns into the organisational structure of the house?

If you are keen to join our knowledge building process on this issue, please get in touch to find out more about joining our working group. The working group will involve workshopped discussions over the next few months and aim to develop a proposal for the house in the future. All are welcome.









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