By day, Nabil Al-Kinani is a built-environment professional with a keen interest in urbanism, placemaking, sustainable development and place vision.

By night, he is a cultural producer that uses creative practice to deliver changemaking projects that draw focus on the relationship between spaces and stories.

Other strands of his work includes the exploration of spatial politics, identity, culture and migration. 

His areas of expertise lie in people and places — exploring questions such as:

Who designs space? Who has access to newly-created space? What’s the cultural impact of these newly-created spaces? Who are new spaces being built for? Who is affected by newly-created space? What are the narratives that must be preserved when new spaces are being created?

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“Authors of the Estate”, released in October 2019 under the Freedom & Balance Art College — explores how a neighbourhood could change their council house into a publishing house. Equipping the community with the skills necessary to generate social, intellectual and financial wealth — a form of study that is destitute in a time of austerity and social neglect.

After twelve weeks of writing and session organisation, the end result was a 200-page book named “Authors of the Estate: written by Chalkhill Estate”, published and distributed by the Chalkhill Estate, in North West London.

The book was celebrated with a launch at the Getty Images Gallery and Boxpark Wembley; the book is currently archived in the University of London, Senate Hall collection (https://catalogue.libraries.london.ac.uk/record=b3793219~S1).

Following the release of the book, we were invited to deliver a talk for the MULTISTORY* Lecture Series at Canterbury School of Architecture, University for the Creative Arts - the lecture focused on story-telling and how it shapes our inner city spaces through design and culture.

We were also invited to deliver a talk about the project at the #Merky Books Pop-Up. Stormzy’s Penguin Random House imprint #Merky Books had teamed up with Beats by Dre to open the #Merky Books pop-up shop at the Beats Residency space in Shoreditch, London.

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“The Brent men trying to change the way you view life on London's council estates”, MyLondon News (2019) — www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/brent-men-trying-change-way-17180201

“Authors of the Estate: how one writer is turning council houses into publishing houses”, The Developer (2019) — www.thedeveloper.live/opinion/opinion/authors-of-the-estate-how-one-writer-is-turning-council-houses-into-publishing-houses

“The London Estates & Neighbourhoods That Became Publishing Houses”, Senate House Library Blog (2020) — https://london.ac.uk/senate-house-library/blog/CommunityPublishing

“Author of the Estate books written by the communities of St Raphael’s and Chalkhill now in Senate House Library”, Brent & Kilburn Times (2020) — https://www.kilburntimes.co.uk/news/21957694.author-estate-books-written-communities-st-raphaels-chalkhill-now-senate-house-library/

“#69 VENT Daily: Authors of the Estate”, VICE (2020) — https://play.acast.com/s/b5c6ab07-3f35-43c9-9d43-6960af0c9dfe/79c62f87-eb24-4410-a403-fad3b5bfc399