Thursday 6 September 1730-2030 free public lecture at UCL by Prof Sarah Bell. Reserve a seat at ‘re-engineering engineering: from buildings to communities’ Engineers change the world, but not always for the better. In this lecture, to mark Sarah’s promotion to Professor of Environmental Engineering at UCL, she looks back to her earliest impressions of engineering as a career, and traces how things have changed. Engineering isn’t just building things. Sometimes, doing nothing is the best option. Small engineering might be better than big engineering. Good engineering takes time. Engineering is more effective if it’s done with people, rather than for them. Sarah has changed her mind about engineering, more than once. In this lecture, she hopes you might too. Sarah was a co-founder of the Engineering Exchange which has collaborated closely with Just Space, notably on the relative benefits of refurbishment & demolition of estates.

Wednesday 12th September 2018 from 5.30pm – 8.00pm, Book Launch Foundational Economy: The infrastructure of everyday life at Southwark Cathedral in the Garry Weston Library. “This is the kind of economics that never makes it onto the City pages, the sort of politics that rarely gets into newspaper columns. Read it”. Aditya Chakrabortty,
a compelling counter-project against neoliberalism: restoring the collective foundations of everyday life” Wolfgang Streeck. Free but reserve a place at

PAST events – oldest first – which have taken place Since January 2018 moved down from the top of the page. Events in earlier years have been archived here for 3013-14 and here for 2015-August 2016 and here for September 2016 to December 2017

20 January 2018 Saturday, London Plan consultation event jointly organised by Just Space and GLA, at City Hall. Partners include London Forum, London Tenants Federation, Friends of the Earth and many other city wide and local groups.  Free but booking essential at  The draft of the new London Plan has been published. More about it and how to get it here. Results of the conference are being posted here.

25 January 2018 18:00 – 21:00 at UCL Josh Ryan-Collins with Toby Lloyd and Laurie McFarlane on their new book Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing (Zed Press). Free, including drinks afterwards, but must book

5 February 2018 Monday, London Plan consultation event with an emphasis on equalities jointly organised by Just Space and GLA, at City Hall. Details: or contact JS direct now fully booked

23 February 1815-2030h at Aldgate E1 What role for neighbourhood plans in the London Plan? Free event by Neighbourhood Planners London. Must book at

24 February Saturday 1000-1700 Just Space conference of community groups as final chance to formulate comments on the draft new London Plan. Details of the event and all the papers presented are on the lower part of this page.

JustSpace is cooperating with students & striking staff at UCL in a “teach-in” on Wednesday 7th at which a summary of this response to the London Plan will be presented. All Just Space people very welcome. Details at

Saturday 17 March 1500-1700h Housing Debt and CLTs at Hoe Street Central Bank (HSCB) Walthamstow centre. Details

Monday, 19 March ‘Participation & representation in urban development’ — talk by Sarah Sackman, Barrister of Francis Taylor Building. Monday, 19 March, 5.15pm, Alumni Theatre (Rm LG.09) New Academic Building of LSE, SW corner of Lincoln’s Inn Field. Free and no booking needed.

Monda 19 March 1700h The Thames: misconceptions and correctives’ talk and discussion Matthew Carmona, at UCL Bartlett, Central House. Free but do book at

Tuesday 27 March afternoon and evening events that justMap  and Connecting Londoners  are setting up with Matt Scott in Shoreditch, about civic mapping and network building for a fair and inclusive London.  This event will bring together a large number of London civic platform makers, data collectors or mappers, as well as community organisers interested in these civic networking tools, to discuss how they can support cooperation between communities, organisations and citizens working for a fair and inclusive London.  Please see a paper we are very proud to have published in the Journal of Peer Production that gives some interesting background to this London initiative. Moreover this paper is partly based on Just Space inspiring London network.  Here is the link to register on EventBrite.

Wednesday 28 March 1900h From Squatting to Housing co-ops (England in 1970s) with Mara Ferreri at May Day Rooms, Fleet Street . More details

13 & 14 April conferenceFuture Homes for London: Alternate Models organised by St Ann’s Redevelopment Trust (StART) and Royal College of Art The objective of this two-day event is to pull apart and question alternate models of affordable and community-led housing projects for the UK. Using global exemplars, this event will ask what, within the context of the UK, is possible? What works and why? Free but must book

14 and 15 April Land Justice Network national gathering to celebrate the start of our Week of Action on Land Rights, discuss what the network’s been up to and plot fresh actions together!  Walk on Saturday The Landlords’ Game: a tour of London’s land and housing crisis starts 1 pm Brown Hart Gardens Duke Street near Bond Street tube. Meeting on Sunday at FoE offices in Stockwell 1200 Details at

Monday 23 April 1830-2000 at LSE Old Building Mariana Mazzucato on her new book  The value of everything? My talk will ask what happens to the analysis of ‘rents’ when the underlying theory of value is based on subjective ‘preferences’? Free and no booking needed so be early. Details at

Monday 23 April 1700h at UCL Bartlett School of Planning, Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, Rebecca Tunstall and Joe Penny on Housing, “inclusive growth”, financialisation. Free but lease register.

Thursday 26 April 1900-2100 Kennington: launch of report Central Hill: a case study in Urban Regeneration by ASH Architects for Social Housing. Details here.

Thursday 24 May 2018 17:00 – 19:00 BST at City Hall, London Assembly session with London Tenants Federation: Resident voices: How do we get social housing management right? Free but do register and indicate if there is a point you wish to make in the open mic session

Wednesdays 9/16/23/30 May. Series of talks and discussions Beyond the Boundary: The way we live now with Aditya Chakrabortty / Lisa McKenzie / Dispossession film / Alison Inman at the Boundary Estate, Shoreditch. Free but must book

Thursday May 31st 1900h at Finsbury Park, Mapping for Social and Political Change, about playful and other attractive mapping processes to engage wider audiences into urban issues. Free but please book at

Friday 1 June at the Pump House in Battersea Park, a drop-in workshop session 1400-1600h followed by a talk 1600-1700h, from Just Map. City of villages – London’s community treasures  Come and map the treasures of your own neighbourhood.

Sat 2 June 2018 17:00 – 22:00 BST at Total Refreshment Centre, 2 Foulden Road, N16 7UR Culture Clash: the politics of London’s cultural landscape as people are displaced. Whose culture lives?  Free event but please book Followed by dancing (£5)


Sunday 10th June, 18:00-20:00, hosted by 56a
Infoshop (Crampton Street, SE17 3AH); as part of Antiuniversity Now
2018. “How can unionisation resist gentrification?”. Informal discussion meeting Architectural Workers will be co-facilitating this with members of
United Voices of the World (UVW), and the Independent Workers Union of
Great Britain (IWGB). Let them know if you are coming

Wed 13 June 2018 18:45 – 21:00 in Bermondsey launch of End No-fault Evictions (Section 21) campaign by Generation Rent and others, with many speakers. Free but please register

13-25 July (but enter by 27 June) New summer school. Prototyping the Civic City will take place And . Exploring civic action and education with

Thursday 19 July at Tate Modern, part of @Tate Exchange.  Just Space is organising a seminar to discuss the role of practitioners (academics, students, architects, planners, lawyers and others) in meeting the support needs of grassroots community groups and their networks at a London wide level.  Places are limited.  If you are an engaged practitioner and would like to contribute/attend, please contact the Just Space Co-ordinator. A briefing note on UCL collaborations with JustSpace is at

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