Past events 2013-14

Just for the record: these events were listed on this site up to the end of 2014.

Affordable housing compromise: From RTPI Friday Briefing, 27th September 2013
A recent study featured in the Guardian involving the Bureau of Investigative Journalism turned up the headline figure that around 60 per cent of major residential schemes going through the planning system are not complying with local affordable housing targets. (Addition to article: The link to the spread sheets of renegotiated S106 Agreements is as follows: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Al1Cy1H3n8gpdElLanZGTVpWM3lPaXJJVi1PM2YzbUE#gid=0 ).

Well, the result of what’s believed to be the first recovered planning appeal where the amount of affordable housing on offer was an issue has just surfaced. This case, which involved east London planning authority Tower Hamlets and the redevelopment of a business park, indicates that compromise is definitely in the air.

Tower Hamlets had refused urban developer Workspace Group’s proposals for 302 dwellings and 8.104 square metres of SME business accommodation chiefly because of the affordable housing offer of just 12.5 per cent.

The east London council had suggested that a 30.4 per cent level was justifiable (and economic), particularly as that figure was significantly below the 35 to 50 per cent range the council would normally expect.

The council also argued that level of provision was needed to ensure the scheme complied with development plan policies including those in the London Plan.

At the subsequent inquiry the developer offered obligations at two levels of affordable housing provision: 12.5 and 20 per cent, although it made it clear it was concerned at the viability of the scheme at the upper level.

Pickles accepted the developer’s concern but agreed with the inspector that “there is no certainty that these concerns are of such an order as to mean that the development would not be delivered in the reasonably foreseeable future”. He allowed the appeal on the basis of a 20 per cent affordable housing figure.

Monday, 14 October 2013, 10am – 12noon, Local Enterprise Panel Consultation Event on European Structural and Investment Funds for 2014 – 2020 at Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS. Pre-registration is essential. Please inform Darren Lewis, dlewis@tuc.org.uk

Monday 14 October 2013, 3pm – 5pm, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA, hosted by the Greater London Authority and supported by NLA, a Free Event:  at City Hall
GLA Debate: Where should London invest in its infrastructure up to 2050 – click here to book                                                                                                                                        Or go to: http://www.newlondonarchitecture.org/event.php?id=551&name=gla_debate_london_infrastructure_2050

‘With more than a million additional people expected to live in the capital over the next decade, representing double the rate of growth than previously predicted, this special GLA event, supported by NLA, will invite a series of eminent speakers to examine new infrastructure needs and ask what impact London’s changing economic make-up will have on its long-term infrastructure requirements’.

Tuesday 15 October 2013, 5.30pm – 7.30pm London Legacy Development Corporation, Level 10, 1 Stratford Place, Montfichet Road, London E20 1EJ .    UEL-LLDC Seminar -2012: A Legacy of Employment?  RSVP:  Sue Isaac s.isaac@uel.ac.uk .

‘‘The aim of this seminar is to explore and quantify the nature of the effort of creating training, work and volunteering opportunities linked to employability in the lead up to the Games and during Games-time, including the opening of the Westfield shopping centre; and, particularly in terms of benefit to local residents, to put it into context and to learn lessons for future opportunity.  The speakers, in different roles, were both directly involved in the effort to use the Games to get local residents into jobs and will be able to provide data and share experience from that perspective.

This seminar will be followed by a further seminar on 27 November (same time and location) which will look at the economic context of east London’s development, possible future patterns of work and what will have to be done to ensure that existing east London residents can get the work that the London economy can sustain’.

Wednesday, 16 October Inst of Transport having a water freight transport meeting

Friday, 25 October 2013, 6pm for 6.30pm, London Neighbourhood Planning Gathering: an informal gathering of London’s Neighbourhood Planning people, kicked off by a 30 minutes ‘Fish Bowl’ discussion on good policy making. Cost: buy your own drinks. Gather at The Oxford (up-stairs) Kentish Town, 256 Kentish Town Road, London, NW5 2AA (www.theoxfordnw5.co.uk). RSVP angela@imagineplaces.co.uk

Tuesday, 29 October 2013, 10am – 12noon, first of a series of Greening London Briefings at City Hall: ‘Sustainable Travel – greening streets and creating green corridors’. As part of the All London Green Grid, City Hall will host a series of seminars and workshops to look at delivery and promotion of the ALGG themes. If you are interested in attending a seminar, please email trees@london.gov.uk with your interest stating which seminar you would like to attend (see below for further seminars). For logistical reasons the GLA is offering places on a first come, first served basis. Please only express an interest if you have a firm intention to attend. http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/environment/greening-london/improving-londons-parks-green-spaces/all-london-green-grid/seminars

Tuesday 29 October 2013, 6.30pm – 8pm, LSE Cities seminar, The Metropolitan Revolution: Perspectives from US cities at the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE. 29 October | The Metropolitan Revolution: Perspectives from US cities                                             ‘Bruce Katz will explain how ground-up innovations at a city level are solving the toughest economic problems in the USA, while Anne Power will reflect on the relevance of these developments on UK cities. This event is free and open to the public, booking isn’t necessary.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013, 5.30pm – 7pm, Bartlett School of Planning London Planning Seminars Autumn/Winter 2013, Alan Mace (LSE) ‘Community change and suburban London’. Usual venue: Room 5.17 Wates House UCL, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB. http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/planning/latest/events

Monday 4 November 2013, 6.30pm – 8pm, LSE Cities seminar, Going Green: How cities are leading the next economy at the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE.           04 November | Going Green: How cities are leading the next economy                                           ‘This seminar presents research findings from LSE’s work on the UNEP’s Green Economy Report and the Economics of Green Cities Programme, which aim to understand the opportunities and constraints of transitioning to a green urban economy.’

Monday, 4 November 2013, 6.30pm – 8.30pm CABE and the Institution of Civil Engineers lecture looking at the success and legacy of the London 2012 Games: ‘Can good design create a new type of urban dweller? ‘The London 2012 Games provided a unique opportunity to test both established and new methods of working that could be applied to other large scale regeneration and development projects. Lecture to be held at The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), One Great George Street, Westminster London SW1P 3AA View map of ICE . Free. However, tickets are required from www.ice.org.uk .

Thursday 7 November 2013, 10am – 12noon, Greening London Briefings at City Hall: ‘Capital Clean Up’. See entry Tuesday, 29 October for details.

 27 November 6.30pm PUBLIC MEETING Bishopsgate Institute, with talks beginning at 7pm  For all who care about the East End’s character and built environment and are concerned about how development is taking place. Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate EC2M 4QH near Brushfield St corner. Lucy Rogers who sent this adds:  “I will make sure that it is emphasised that the crisis covers the whole of London. There is a move to set up a London-wide ‘meeting place’ on the web for the issues – Just Space site would form a key part of that.”

 Thursday 28 November 2013, 10am – 12noon, Greening London Briefings at City Hall: ‘Biodiversity – ecological enhancement at the landscape scale’. See entry Tuesday, 29 October for details.

Thursday 28 November Corrected Date 2013, 6.30pm, Tenth David M. Smith lecture: Making Cities Fairer, by Susan Parnell at ArtsOne Lecture Theatre, ArtsOne Building, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London. Campus map here.                                                             ‘Ideally, being born a man or a woman, African or European, Christian or Muslim should not determine an individual or group’s life chances, but there is no city in the world where this holds true. The increasing concentration of wealth and poverty in cities makes urban places the crucibles of contemporary justice. Austerity, uneven growth and the increasingly complex governance arrangements under which cities are managed and citizens must make their demands, has created a less than transparent platform from which to drive an agenda to make cities fair. Building on ideas of social justice and urban utopia, the paper sets out an aspirational agenda for understanding urban inequality and disadvantage in the 21st century. The presentation draws from experiences of living under apartheid and its post democracy reconstruction but also speaks to wider global realities of urban transition.

Susan Parnell is Professor of Geography at the University of Cape Town, where she is also the Executive of the African Centre for Cities. She previously held academic positions at Wits University in Johannesburg and SOAS in London. In 2012 she was a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at UCL. She has established a publication record on historical and contemporary issues of urban transformation, including three books published this year.’

The lecture will be followed by a reception. This event is free to attend but tickets must be booked online in advance here.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013, 5.30pm – 7pm, Bartlett School of Planning London Planning Seminars Autumn/Winter 2013 Emma Street (University of Reading) (Re)thinking business politics: Lessons from London’s South Bank‘ . Usual venue: in Room 5.17 Wates House UCL, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB. http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/planning/latest/events

Monday January 20 1630-1800h John Lett, London Plan Team, Strategic Planning Manager, Greater London Authority (GLA) The office and retail market in London: issues for the London Plan LSE St. Clements Building, Room S75. Free.

Wednesday 22 January 1730-1930h Hugh Ellis of TCPA on Planning out Poverty at UCL ground floor Central House Upper Woburn Place (next the church) Free http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/planning/events/lps-HughEllisGardenCities-22Jan14

Wednesday, 29 January 2014, 10am – 12noon, Greening London Briefings at City Hall: ‘Social housing green-space’. See entry Tuesday, 29 October for details.

Saturday 1 February 1100-1600h Our Tottenham conference on making community plans for parts or the whole of the area. At Tottenham Chances, 399 Tottenham High Road, N17 6QN. Details and flyer at http://ourtottenham.org.uk

Monday February 3 1630-1800h Paul Cheshire, Geography and Environment Department, LSE, ‘Iconic Design’ as Deadweight Loss? Rent acquisition by design in the constrained London office market, St. Clements Building, Room S75. Free.

Tuesday Feb 4 1700-1830h Tom Slater, University of Edinburgh, Grieving for Lost Homes: Territorial Stigmatisation, the Rent Gap, and Displacement LSE East Building, room EAS.E168. Free

Monday February 10 1630-1800h Suzi Hall & Antoine Paccoud Locating urban migration: from Census to street, St. Clements Building, LSE, Room S75. Free.

Monday February 17 1630-1800h Ian Gordon, Geography and Environment Department,LSE Residential displacement and densification effects of international migrants 2001-2011 St. Clements Building, Room S75. Free.

Monday February 24 1630-1800h at LSE Alex Fenton Leibniz University Hannover & CASE & Amanda Fitzgerald-Arque Research Officer CASE/STICERD Growth and the spatial distribution of poverty in London 2001-2011 St. Clements Building, LSE Room S75. Free.

Tuesday 25 Feb 1530 at City Hall Assembly Planning Committee starts on London Plan with guest experts including Michael Edwards (UCL/JustSpace) and Michael Bach (London Forum). Topics include housing and town centre jobs. Free without booking. http://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=258&MId=5042&Ver=4 Some notes are at http://michaeledwards.org.uk/?p=1956 and in the Twitter stream of Myfanwy Taylor. Webcast to follow http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor-assembly/london-assembly/webcasts

Wednesday 26 February 1730h at Bartlett UCL  Utopian Models of Governance and the Learning Legacy Agenda of the London 2012 Olympic Games, seminar by Ben Clifford, Mike Raco and Susan Moore, Free without booking http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/planning/events/lps-ben-clifford-Utopian-Models-feb-2014

 

Monday March 3 1630-1800h Christine Whitehead & Kath Scanlon
LSE Building London’s Private rented sector St. Clements Building, Room S75. Free.

Thursday 6 March 1415h outside City Hall, rally telling the Mayor not to sell London – one of many actions across Europe challenging the MIPIM conference in Cannes where cities are bought and sold. Organised by Radical Housing Network.

Thursday 6 March 1500h-1700h at City Hall: GLA consultation event for voluntary and community organisations about the new changes to the London Plan (which JustSpace and London Forum are helping to publicise). Free but you need to email, requesting seats to FALPConsultationEvents@london.gov.uk

Thursday 6 March 6.30-8.45pm Protecting pubs and other Assets of Community Value. Briefing and update by The London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies (a JustSpace member group). Free without booking, The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ details http://www.londonforum.org.uk/events.php

Friday 7 March 1300-1530h A TCPA policy discussion to focus on the Mayor of London’s Further Alterations consultation to the Spatial Development Strategy for London – the London Plan. 17 Carlton House Terrace ● London SW1Y 5AS Free but booking essential at http://www.tcpa.org.uk/event_booking.php?action=info&id=105

Monday March 17 1630-1800h Duncan Bowie, (from University of Westminster) Alternative development options for London’s growth meeting at LSE St. Clements Building, Room S75. Free.

Tuesday 18 March 6:20pm – 8:15pm The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ Creating the Industrious City meeting of the Urban Design Group. Roy Tindle has checked and the meeting is open without booking http://www.udg.org.uk/events/designed-business-creating-industrious-city With background briefing PDF at https://www.dropbox.com/s/agr41dapu14c7uv/UDG-Briefing-Sheet-Industrious-Cities-Consultation_V5%20illustrated_2014.02.27.pdf

Thursday 20 March 1800-2030h Just Space Economy and Planning Group meeting to work on responses to economy issues in the FALP.  At UCL main building on Gower Street WC1E 6BT Pearson Building, just inside gates on the left, room G07.

Tuesday 25 March 1300h-1600h London Tenants Federation meeting (open also to others) to develop its submission on the housing and relates aspects of the FALP. Ampthill Square Tenants Hall, Barnby Street, London NW1 (turning west off Eversholt St opposite Polygon Rd)

Saturday 15 March Just Space community conference on the Further Alterations to the London Plan 2014 (FALP): conference papers and results are being posted on the 2014 Plan pages here.

Friday 4 April 1400-1800h Just Space network meeting to finalise a collective submission on the FALP (deadline 10 April). Room G04, Bartlett School, UCL, 22 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0QB immediately south of Euston Station, close to Euston Square station and with many buses. Good wheelchair access. Free without booking.

Thursday 10 April  0900 for 0930 – 1100h: New Economics Foundation Royal Docks Revival: Replacing London City Airport. An event discussing the case for closing this airport at The Crystal, Royal Victoria Docks, Western Gateway, London E16 1GB. Book through Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/royal-docks-revival-replacing-london-city-airport-registration-11018405347?aff=eanrec101&utm_term=eventcard&utm_campaign=attnews&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&ref=eanrec102

Thursday 10 April 1700h: last chance to submit group and individual objections to the new London Plan. Advice and details here.

Friday 11 April 1800h for 1830 start: London Forum meeting Planning chaos, the housing crisis and mayor’s new policies

The open meeting will cover the shortage of London homes and the failure of the mayor’s altered London Plan (FALP) to deal with it. The event will cover also the Government’s withdrawal of Localism, interference in planning decisions and increased permitted development rights which are all wrong for London and harming its economy. Venue: The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street EC1M 6EJ near to Farringdon station

Wednesday 23 April 2014 1820 – 2000h: Estate Regeneration Seminar by the Urban Design Group,The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ, with a 1830h start. Demolition? Selective reconstruction? Adaptation? Alternative management and housing allocation policies? Paul Reynolds will be joined by a range of speakers, including Alex Ely, one of the authors of the Mayor’s Housing Design Guide, and Nicholas Boys Smith of Create Streets Research Group. Tickets can be purchased at the door from 6.00pm: £3.00 for UDG members and £7.00 non-members; £1.00 for UDG member students and £3.00 non-member students. More details

Weekend 26-27 April at various venues in London: Housing Weekender events linking housing campaigns and movements in London Details here.

Thursday 1 May, 08:30-09:30:  Free NLA (New London Architecture) Breakfast Talk sponsored by L&Q, at NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT. “With London engaged in a number of major regeneration schemes, how can we involve the local community in their own places and spaces? How can we engage people of all ages and walks of life in the architecture around them and ensure they have a stake in where they live? This NLA breakfast talk, co-hosted by L&Q, will examine issues around community engagement for regeneration in London”. Localism in action: How can we involve the community in regeneration projects? – click here to book
Confirmed speakers: Chris Brown, Chief Executive, Igloo Regeneration, Ben Denton, Strategic Director of Housing and Regeneration, City of Westminster, Sarah Gaventa, RSH+P and Chair, E&C community forum, Jerome Geoghegan, Group Director of Development, L&Q, Steve McAdam, Director, Soundings, Lucy Smith, Partner – Communication Design, HTA Design LLP, Peter Murray, Chairman, NLA (Chair)”.

Wednesday 21 May 1730h Capturing value from development at London Legacy Development Corporation, 1 Stratford Place, Montfichet Road, London E20 1EJ Speakers:  Prof Gavin Poynter, London East Research Institute, UEL; Anna Minton, writer, journalist and Reader in Architecture, UEL Chair: John Lock, Chair, Partnership Board, Sir Ludwig Guttman Health & Wellbeing Centre. This seminar will look at the question of ‘value capture’ and at whether policy could do more to ensure flows of benefit go where they are needed to ensure regeneration works for all and not least the most disadvantaged. Free but please RSVP to Troy Scott – troyscott@londonlegacy.co.uk

Wednesday 28 May 2014  1000 – 1645h Neighbourhood Planning in London Conference, Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway, Ealing, London W5 2BY: This is to invite you to this free event in London – it is being organised by West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Forum with support from DCLG and London Borough of Ealing.  Tony Burton is chairing.  The conference flyer is linked below and we are asking people to register here http://www.wecnf.org/neighbourhood-planning-london-2014/ We would welcome people attending from outside London as well. Further details in this flyer:  Neighbourhood Planning Conference Brochure 28 May 2014 FINAL

STOP PRESS: Friday 27 June 9.30 – 16.45 Migration and the transformation of London Conference, LSE. A message from the conveners: “Dear Colleague,There are a few final spaces left for tomorrow’s ‘Migration and the transformation of London’ conference at the LSE (programme attached). Do let us know if you or a colleague would like to attend.
Best wishes,Christine Whitehead, Tony Travers and Ian Gordon”. For further information and bookings contact, please go to this programme: 27June_Migration and the Transformation of London Conference Programme_FINAL(2).

Tuesday 8 July 2014 12.30 – 16.30 Digital Tools and Neighbourhood Planning Workshop which Tony Burton has put together on the growing range of digital tools available to support neighbourhood planning. These are transforming approaches to community engagement and generating a new digital civics. The event is being hosted by Nesta in central London. It will provide an opportunity to talk directly to some of the digital pioneers and also see how this thinking can be used in neighbourhood planning today. Registration is free and places are limited. Please go to Nesta website’s events for link to Eventbrite. [message from contributer who has managed to book a place: unfortunately at the time of posting this message, on rechecking,  the following link did not work : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-tools-and-neighbourhood-planning-workshop-tickets-11823318865  ]

Wednesday 18 June 2014 12:00-18:00 Shaping a growing London: the place of an airport  Free Mayor of London conference, supported by NLA at Stratford Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, London E15 4BQ. For agenda see here: 18AgendaUpdate

NLA is supporting this free Mayor of London conference to debate the social and economic challenges facing our city over the coming decades, set against the aviation capacity debate. The Mayor will be joined by speakers including Sir Howard Davies, Chairman of the Airports Commission, Prof Sir Peter Hall and representatives from each of the airport scheme promoters. Speakers will consider how best to respond to the needs of our city’s rapidly growing population, set to reach 10 million by 2030, and explore the role of an airport in generating and supporting growth and regeneration. Tickets are free but registration is essential – click here to register

12 June Thursday 1830h There is a launch of ‘Staying Put: an Anti-gentrification Handbook for Council Estates in London‘, a collaboration between Just Space, Southwark Notes Archives Group, Prof. Loretta Lees and The London Tenants Federation, funded by the Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Award (2012) The launch will take place in Room 2.26, School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London (Mile End Campus). There will be a presentation and a discussion with questions and answers, followed by drinks and nibbles. Campus map here: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/docs/about/26065.pdf

The handbook is designed to help local communities faced with the gentrification of their council estate.  It explains what gentrification is, how communities can resist it and alternatives to demolition and displacement. It contains ideas, stories and resources gathered from the experiences of tenants, leaseholders and the wider community organising around council estates in London.

All are welcome, but there is a need to let the university know how many will be attending.  So, if you are planning to come to the launch, please email  antigentrificationhandbook2014@yahoo.co.uk.

9 June or soon after: The EiP Inspector plans to issue his draft “List of Matters and Participants” which will be emailed to all those who made submissions. Those people (individuals and groups) have an opportunity to comment on the formulation and selection of issues and on the list of suggested participants in each session.  Just Space will arrange a meeting to consider how to respond, as soon as we are clearer about the deadline for comments.

6-19 June & 11 July: London Enterprise Panel (LEP) update on delivery of the LEP’s Jobs & Growth Plan:
Central London event on Friday the 6th of June from 10.00 to 12.00 noon at the Clerkenwell Workshops 27/31 Clerkenwell Close, EC1R 0AT.
East London event on Thursday the 12th of June from 10.00 to 12.00 noon at the Gallery at the Woolwich Centre SE18 6HQ.
North London event on Tuesday the 17th of June from 14.00 to 16.00 at the Chocolate Factory N22 6XJ.
West London event on Thursday the 19th of June from 10.00 to 12.00 noon at Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Road, W10 5JJ.
South London event on Friday the 11th of July from 10.00 to 12.00 noon at The Odeon Wimbledon, 39 The Broadway, SW19 1QB.
Please send your RSVP to Gillian Robinson along with any questions or issues that you would like to be raised at the meetings.  Please note that attendance at events is limited so please let Gillian know which event you would like to attend. This info taken from
http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/business-economy/working-in-partnership/london-enterprise-panel/events

Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 0900 – 1130hr London 2050 – Grow up or grow out?
This event will bring together senior public- and private-sector practitioners from across the Capital to debate what form a growing London could take looking forward to 2050. 0900 – Registration, coffee & refreshments | 0915 – Session begins | 1045 – Networking & refreshments at ‘London’s Living Room’, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA. Confirmed speakers: Keynote: Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor, Planning, GLA;            Why where we build is so critical: Michèle Dix, Managing Director, Group Planning, TfL; What density looks like: Speaker TBD;                                                                             What density actually looks like: Andrew Beharrell, Executive Director, Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects;                                                                                                        Beyond the belt: Adam Challis, Head of Residential Research, JLL;                                 The borough response, and a call to action: Pat Hayes, Executive Director, Regeneration and Housing, LB Ealing.                                                                                               Registration is required, and places are limited. Please RSVP to events@futureoflondon.org.uk and Future of London will confirm if you have secured a place. Information taken from: http://www.futureoflondon.org.uk/2014/05/14/london-2050-grow-up-or-grow-out/?utm_source=Future+of+London+monthly+update&utm_campaign=b2850f362d-May2014_monthly_update&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c07db14b36-b2850f362d-82290253

Wednesday 2 July 1730h New ways to map, assess and understand value in place-making at London Legacy Development Corporation, 1 Stratford Place, Montfichet Road, London E20 1EJ Speakers:  Prof Allan Brimicombe, Head of the Centre for Geo-Information Studies, UEL; and Roland Karthaus, an architect and urbanist who runs Karthaus Design and is also a Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, UEL Chair:  Kathryn Firth, Chief of Design, London Legacy Development Corporation. The extent of redevelopment in east London is huge – regeneration at this scale is not only about creating new local opportunity, but about large-scale replacement of land uses which may in many cases work to quite different and therefore challenging economic, social, technological, cultural and political drivers.  In either sense, regeneration is place-making – indeed city-making – on a personal and on a strategic scale. Conventional planning doesn’t really help policymakers, developers, service providers, residents, businesses and other interested parties understand how a recreated place is evolving and whether it is working.  It acts to condition the start of developments, but is less well-placed to take an evidence-based view of cumulative outcomes, interactions between developments, and how people and organisations use places – or don’t.  Free but please RSVP to Troy Scott – troyscott@londonlegacy.co.uk

Friday 11 July 2014 11.00 at City Hall Inspector hosts meeting open to all about the arrangements for the Examination in Public (EiP) of the London Plan.  In the afternoon will be a “technical seminar” about the content of the Plan.  The EiP itself will start on 1 September.

4 August 2014 1700h Civic Participation in an era of geospatial web and open data – lecture by Renée Sieber from McGill University in Canada about 20 years of interactions between open data and citizen participation in planning. “Do the geospatial web and open data help or hurt civic participation? Or both? Is there any impact of the medium on civic participation or is the technology merely an instrument in a traditional, albeit messy, democratic process?”  Event free and open to all without booking. Room 102 Chadwick Building, just inside gates of UCL front quad, Gower Street. [ More ]

24th September 2014 Wednesday,1900h – 2030h, The Our Tottenham Network’s Second Special Co-Ordination Meeting @ 639 Enterprise Centre, 639 High Rd N17 8AA: All welcome, to prepare for the Our Tottenham Network’s ‘Moving Forward Together’ Conference on Saturday 11th October 2014 (also listed below).
From 1700h to 1900h this meeting will be preceded by a discussion on the Community Plan for Tottenham. “All welcome to come and help clarify the potential ‘what, why, where. when’ and who’ of this emerging process.This meeting also leads into the Tottenham Community Empowerment Week 4-12th October 2014 with exhibitions / socials / meetings / leaflettings / bike rides / activities / protests / walks / alternatives / consultations / films / conference. The Our Tottenham network are calling on people and groups to organise activities and events showcasing the collective power and concerns of those who live and work in Tottenham, and celebrate our strong and diverse communities. The week will build up to the next Our Tottenham Community Conference planned for Saturday 11th October”.

1st October 2014, Wednesday, 1830h – 2030h, Edge Debate 64: Buildings for Humans: are we in danger of value engineering out the wellbeing of occupants. This is a by-invitation only debate. Please see EdgeDebate64-Wellbeing 1014(1) for details.

7th October 2014, Tuesday, 1745h for 1800h – 2100h, Costing  London’s Growth talks and discussion by CASSE (Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy) at Limehouse Town Hall, 646 Commerical Road, London E14 7HA. “It has been over 10 years since the London administration made public discussion about ‘ecological footprints. With developments like the London Infrastructure Plan report (2014), London looks set to consume a vast amount of the world’s resources.This is a complex topic with implications for international development”. Contact  Desmond Kilroy; email to reserve seats d.kilroy@democraticplanet.org . Full event details at http://steadystate.org/costing-londons-growth/

Thursday 9 October 1730-1900h followed by drinks. UCL Bartlett School of Planning seminar by Professor of Places, Peter Rees, ‘Putting the Place into Workplace – Transforming the City of London’. Room G08 Chadwick Building, immediately on your right as you enter UCL main gates from Gower Street WC1E 6BT Free without booking.

4-12th October 2014 Tottenham Community Empowerment Week with exhibitions / socials / meetings / leaflettings / bike rides / activities / protests / walks / alternatives / consultations / films / conference. The Our Tottenham network are calling on people and groups to organise activities and events showcasing the collective power and concerns of those who live and work in Tottenham, and celebrate our strong and diverse communities. The week will build up to the 11th October, Saturday, 1100h – 1600h, Our Tottenham Network’s Conference at North London Community House, 22 Moorefield Road, N17 6PY.  To: “enable people to find out more about what the Council and developers are doing, and the work of the Our Tottenham Network. Inspire and enable the community to learn from successful community-led projects and local campaigning, and to promote and celebrate our achievements as local people. Take forward ideas from our Feb 2014 conference for positive Community Planning for local sites and for Tottenham as a whole. Update the Community Charter for Tottenham. To work towards building a mass movement based on community empowerment, social inclusion, fairness and justice for all”. For the draft agenda and further details see here.

13 October 2014 1800-2100h Just Space Economy and Planning group meeting to review the year past and make plans. At room G01, Central House, Upper Woburn Place WC1H 0NN near Euston. Free without booking; good access. 1800 refreshments for 1830 start.

16th & 17th October 2014, Thursday & Friday, MIPIM Alternative Conference, near Russell Square.  For more information, see www.radicalhousingnetwork.org, or email radicalhousingnetwork@gmail.com .

18th October 2014, Saturday, Roads to Nowhere campaigner conference, 1030h – 1700h, Toynbee Hall, 28 Commerical Street, London E1 6LS: this free conference organised by the Campaign for Better Transport “is for anyone who is currently campaigning to stop a road scheme in their local area, or expects to face a road proposal in the near future”. For further information see: 18 Oct 2014 Roads to Nowhere campaigner conference . To book go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/roads-to-nowhere-campaigner-conference-2014-tickets-12137651041 .

22nd October 2014, Wednesday, from 1600h, Campaign for Better Transport on the Mayor’s 2050 Infrastructure Plan at City Hall: a presentation by Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport. For security reasons it is essential that requests to attend are sent to Chris Barker, CfBT, by emailing chrisbarker46@gmail.com or phoning 020 8347 7684. For further information see: 22 Oct 2014 Infrstructure Plan 2050 CfBT Isabel Dedring. [Note that the public consultation on this plan ends 31st October 2014].

Living on the River, Thursday 23 October, 1830h – 2000h
As London grows ever denser and its property prices climb beyond the reach of many would-be homeowners, there has been a significant resurgence of interest in opportunities to inhabit the Thames and its associated waterways. From the recently established residential community at Hermitage Wharf to innovative Dutch models of floating housing, the evening will consider the pleasures and challenges of living on the water.

Sat 15 November 2014 1030-1630h Tavistock Halls, Harlesden Methodist Church, NW10 4NE Conference of the Grand Union Alliance at Old Oak Common, Park Royal, White City and Kensal Canalside — a new network of community groups seeking to defend their area as it becomes a transport hub, an “Opportunity Area” and a Mayoral Development Corporation. Free but booking requested via  http://harlesdentown.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/sat-15-nov-harlesden-grand-union.html and there is a flyer to download.  Organised with JustSpace and the London Tenants Federation, supported by the Trust for London.

Monday 17 November 2014 1830h Ingold Auditorium UCL 20 Gordon St WC1H 0QB Too Late for Utopia? Special public lecture at The Bartlett School of Planning given by the TCPA’s Kate Henderson and Hugh Ellis.    Britain faces extraordinary challenges, from climate change to growing inequality and global economics, but as a nation it has no plan for the future. In their lecture, Kate and Hugh will talk about ‘Rebuilding Britain – planning for a better future’, their new book which asks a simple question: how can Britain organise itself, not just for survival but to build a fairer and more sustainable society? They will present arguments that refer to the high ambitions of those who pioneered the planning movement and campaigned for a clear set of progressive values, but whose drive for utopia has now been forgotten. They will also explore the value to society of social town planning and offer a doorway for how planning, both morally and practically, can help to meet key challenges of the 21st century. Through the book they hope to challenge the widely held view that it’s impossible to achieve a better future by suggesting that there is real choice in how society develops and pointing to contemporary examples of utopia. Entry: Free but booking is essential. Please book a ticket at https://toolateforutopia.eventbrite.co.uk and bring a printout of it with you to the event.

Building by the River, Friday 21 November, 1830h – 2000h  From Greenwich to Battersea, the south bank of the Thames is currently being subjected to an unprecedented wave of property speculation. A riverside that was formerly dominated by the presence of industry is being transformed into a belt of luxury housing – much of it taking the form of buildings of significant height. What does this mean for the existing communities ranged along the river and what kind of skyline is it set to produce? The evening will seek to establish whether the changes to the riverside are a welcome sign of London’s status as a world city or if we are in danger of transforming the capital into Shanghai-on-Thames. For more information and to book places visit the ORNC website .

Wednesday, 10th December Public Meeting – 7.30pm, at Tufnell Park Tavern, Tufnell Park Road N7 0EE. My Fair London  The adverse effects of wealth and income inequality have been very much in the news recently and will get even more attention as the 2015 general election approaches. They are raising concerns across the political spectrum. London is the most unequal area in the UK and has one of the highest concentrations of extremely rich people in the world. On Wednesday 10th December My Fair London, the London group providing information and campaigning on inequality in the capital, is hosting a public meeting. The speaker will be Sean Baine, the Chair of the Equality Trust. In addition to the facts about the situation in London, he will describe the serious ill effects of inequality on all of us, rich or poor, such as health problems, lower social trust, increased crime, and depressed demand in the economy. He will also describe the huge social, economic, and political benefits of greater  equality and put forward ideas for achieving it. The meeting will be in the coffee bar at the Tavern. All are welcome to attend and join the debate. For more information, please contact Katherine Greaves at kmgreaves34@ googlemail.com.

 

23 October, 21 November & 19 December 2014: Architecture of the River, A Series of Talks & Discussions at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich curated by Ellis Woodman, in association with The Architectural Review. To launch the new ‘Architecture for All’ programme, the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich has organised a series of three panel discussions looking at how we build, live and work on and around the river. The talks feature leading architects, designers and developers who have all had a hand in shaping London’s riverside environment. Speakers include: Ellis Woodman, Phineas Harper, Anna Versteeg, Jonas Lencer, Rowan Moore, Richard Upton, Eric Sorensen, Tom Holbrook, David Kohn, Roo Angell and Mark Brearley Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions) for each talk. A complimentary glass of wine or a soft drink is included in the ticket price. For more information and to book places visit the ORNC website .

Working on the River, Friday 19 December, 1830h – 2000h London’s prosperity was historically dependent on the Thames’ role as a site of trade and industry. Since the development of container shipping in the 1960’s much of that activity has migrated downriver. The Thames, nonetheless, continues to offer rich opportunities to serve as more than just a vista for the housing ranged along it. A number of London’s poorest communities address the river. Can it, once again, offer them a valuable source of employment? With an increasing need to find sustainable means of transport for people, goods and waste are we making best use of this extraordinary resource at the heart of our city? For more information and to book places visit the ORNC website .

IMPACT, Department of Public Health and Policy, University of Liverpool, UK, will beoffering the following training courses in Health Impact Assessment (HIA): • 2014 campus-based HIA course in Liverpool: 10-14th November 2014 – early bird rates for registrations received before the end of September;  • Introductory (short) Online HIA courses planned for late November 2014, January, March and late June 2015;  • campus-based HIA course at the new Liverpool in London campus: 20-24 April 2015;
• 2015 campus-based HIA courses in Liverpool: 8-12 June and 9-13 November, 2015.
For further information, please contact impact@liv.ac.uk or +44(0)151-794 5004, clearly stating which course(s) you are interested in. Website: www.healthimpactassessment.co.uk. Hilary Dreaves, Research Fellow (Health Impact Assessment), IMPACT, International Health Impact Assessment Consortium, Department of Public Health and Policy Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3GB.