Last week the founder of architectural and urban activist group This Is Not A Gateway: Trenton Oldfield, was jailed for six months for disrupting the annual Oxford and Cambridge boat race of last April.
The 36-year-old Oldfield – graduated from London School of Economics in contemporary urbanism and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts- jumped into the Thames to stop the race and protest against elitism. The boat race -he said- “Is a symbol of a lot of issues in Britain around class, 70% of Government pushing through very significant cuts are Oxford or Cambridge graduates.”
Oldfield worked for various non-governmental organizations in urban renewal and was Coordinator of the Thames Strategy “Kew to Chelsea”. Together with Deepa Naik, he organizes salons and festivals to create ‘platforms for critical projects and ideas related to cities’. Current projects include research for a book that unearths the socio-political history of fences/railings in London, part of an attempt to find a way beyond the existing conventions around ownership, specifically land ownership in the 21st century.