NABIL AL-KINANI
URBANIST & BUILT ENVIRONMENT PROFESSIONAL




… The process of renewal and rebuilding, accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents. — Furious Styles, Boyz n the Hood (1991)

Better known as, gentrification. These past couple decades have seen the UK's cityscapes changing at an increasingly rapid rate. The Ends (social housing estates) are being replaced with glossy gated-communities, complete with futuristic living facilities, logos and colour palettes to market a glamourous ‘inner-city living’ lifestyle experience— at the expense of the Mandem.

So, how do we preserve the Ends?
The answer: we privatise the Mandem.

And how do we ‘privatise the Mandem’?
The answer: we buy the Block.


To find out how, get your copy of Privatise the Mandem below. And be sure to hit up the privatisation line with any of your questions: +447554658435

Visit the socials: @privatisethemandem and @privatisingends

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Privatise the Mandem (Paperback)

Privatise the Mandem is a manifesto and blueprint detailing how members of our inner-city communities can acquire the freehold of their buildings through legislative tools such as ‘Collective Enfranchisement’ and the ‘Right-to-Buy/Acquire‘. The work argues the necessity of collective ownership of the ends as well as detailing the consequences of delivering on the vision.

Please allow for 7 to 10 days for dispatch.

Thugz Mansion (Card Deck)
This is a tool to help the Mandem realise the future of the Ends, should it come under the collective ownership of the Mandem. It includes over 70 questions for the Mandem to understand how to better run the Block, and to imagine the future of their Ends.

Using the cards is simple. Draw a card at random and ask yourself the question that pops-up. Share the question with the Mandem, and discuss your responses.


Please allow for 8 to 14 days for dispatch.
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Press Coverage
Privatise the Mandem is the blueprint to fighting inner-city gentrification”, The Face (2022) — https://theface.com/society/privatise-the-mandem-nabil-al-kinani-inner-city-gentridication-council-affordable-housing-politics-london-how-to-stop-gentrification

How to fight gentrification in the ends? Privatise the Mandem”, Gal-Dem (2022) — https://gal-dem.com/how-to-fight-gentrification-in-the-ends-privatise-the-mandem/

Speculative Futures”, Dazed & Confused (2022) — https://www.zinio.com/gb/article/dazed-confused/autumn-2022-i547578/nabil-al-kinani-a2561


On the Question of Privatising the Mandem”, Port Magazine (Issue 31, 2022)— https://www.port-magazine.com/commentary/on-the-question-of-privatising-the-mandem/

Wellness in Social Housing Communities”, Sista Zine (Issue 3, 2022)


Do we need to be more self-reliant?”, BBC 1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave (2022) — https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0017twq


Speak It, Live It Feat. Nabil Al-Kinani”, The Day After Podcast (2023) — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usgiYuxUIoE&t=5530s&pp=ygUPbmFiaWwgYWwta2luYW5p

Privatise the Mandem”, The Domino Effect Podcast (2023) — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUPyU5Booy4&list=PLXHQRI58xXAwEWdCe5m9VKLrvGuoAe70X&index=7&ab_channel=TheDominoEffectPodcast

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ABOUTBy 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 writer and 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.