Past events 2015-16

For the record, these events were listed on this site in 2015 and up to August 2016.

Tuesday 20 January 2015 1730h Dr Max Nathan Planning for London’s Tech City, at Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, Room G01, Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0NN No need to book.

Saturday 24 January 1600-2030h SOAS & CITY journal at the Khalili Theatre, SOAS, Russell Square WC1H 0XG, Take the Money and Run: from the hedge funders to the London riots, an evening of films, talks and discussions with Doreen Massey, Haim Bresheeth, Michael Chanan, Jeremy Gilbert, Michael Elliott-Cooper and Michael Edwards Free and no need to book. More details here.

There will be a free screening of Concrete Heart Land next Tuesday 27 January 2015 at 18:00. Film and Drama Studio, First Floor, Arts 2 Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road London E1 4NS. This is a film about the Heygate estate eviction and demolition; trailer at

Thursday 29th January 6pm for 6:30pm to 8:45pm at the Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ near to Farringdon station, London Forum of Civic and Amenity Societies open meeting 2050 Infrastructure and Transport Developments The Mayor has published a paper on the infrastructure improvements that will be needed by 2050 and could be considered for funding. It includes Crossrail 2 and other transport improvements. Geoff Hobbs of Transport for London last gave a talk to London Forum members in 2013 which was well received. At this event he will provide details of the Transport Strategy, the programmes to 2020 and the transport elements of the 2050 Infrastructure Plan. Details will be given of the long term plan for rail and Underground to handle the likely growth. Helen Cansick of TfL will speak on how, in the short term, the Roads Modernisation Programme, and in the medium to longer term, the road system and its capacity will be developed and managed, through the strategic measures for both accommodating and managing road traffic growth, including demand management.

Thursday 29 January 1800-2000h Housing inequalities and the 1%, Danny Dorling, UCL Bartlett School of Planning, at Gustave Tuck Theatre, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT.  Free but reserve a seat at eventbrite page Details at

Saturday 31 January, March for homes in London, assemble 1200h either at Elephant and Castle or Shoreditch to march to City Hall,

Monday 2 February 1645-1800h Prof Ian Gordon Quantitative Easing of an International Financial Centre: How London escaped (or gained from) the major impacts of the international financial crisis, at LSE St Clements Building room STC.S75 no need to book.

Wednesday 4 February, morning and early afternoon: Rent Freedom Day at Westminster, organised by Generation Rent. Details:

Monday 9 February 1645-1800h Antoine Paccoud Reframing London’s gentrification: from class transformation to neighbourhood commodification, at LSE St Clements Building room STC.S75 no need to book.

Tuesday 10th February 2015, 6.30-8pm The Housing Disaster: Danny Dorling in Conversation with Paul Watt  Birkbeck College, Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Sq Free but reserve a place

Monday 16 February 1645-1800h Sam Sims and Brell Wilson, Securing a future for young people in London’s digital economy, at LSE St Clements Building room STC.S75 no need to book.

Thursday, 19 February, LSE London The Future of London 6:30pm-8:00pm in Clement House, room 3.02, Open to all, no need to book. Tony Travers, Christine Whitehead, Nancy Holman and Stephen Glaister

14-23 February Block the [GLA] budget week of action. Mayor Boris Johnson is the most powerful politician in London when it comes to decisions about housing, with control over a £1.8bn budget for delivering new homes and hundreds of hectares of public land. His budget goes to the vote on 23 February and if passed, will mean more sky-high rents, sell-offs of the public land we need to build council housing and ‘affordable’ housing that most people can’t afford. It’s a recipe for bigger profits for landlords and developers, and more social cleansing and homelessness for ordinary Londoners. The Radical Housing Network is calling a week of action in the run-up to the vote culminating in a mass action on 23 February to BLOCK THE BUDGET. Daily details at

Monday 23 February changed start time 1630-1800h Jo Negrini (Croydon LB), ‘Masterplanning’ regeneration, at LSE St Clements Building room STC.S75 no need to book

Monday 2 March changed start time 1630-1800h Jessica Ferm and Ed Jones (UCL) London’s industrial land: cause for concern? at LSE St Clements Building room STC.S75 no need to book.

Monday 9 March changed start time 1630-1800h Ben Corr (GLA) Projecting London’s population, at LSE St Clements Building room STC.S75 no need to book.

Thursday 12 March  Room G02, 28 Russell Square 1-2pm. Commonplace Diversity: Social Relations in Super-diverse East London Speaker: Dr Susanne Wessendorf (University of Birmingham) No need to book

Monday 16 March 1700h-1830 extra seminar added to LSE series The flat white economy, talk by Douglas McWilliams on the digital economy and its dependence on migrants. Room AGWR 5th floor of LSE Old Building.

Wednesday 25 March 1830 at Royal Festival Hall, Rebecca Ross on “responsible regeneration” and her billboard project. Booking necessary £10 includes a free drink

Saturday 28 March free day-workshop on neighbourhood planning  presented by Just Space neighbourhood groups which have been working with UCL students. Mile End. Details and booking at

Wednesday 29 April 2015 6.30 pm at UCL (exact venue to be confirmed – email turnergeo [at] if you would like to attend) Just Space Economy and Planning Group – Economic Viability in Planning Speakers are:
Nick Perry from the Hackney Society who is taking Hackney and Sainsbury to the Court of Appeal over a development in Stoke Newington and the viability issues there
Jerry Flynn of the Elephant and Castle who was the force behind the victorious legal battle to prise the viability assessment concerning the Heygate Estate out of Southwark Council.
George Turner of the Shell Centre campaign

Wednesday 29 April 2015 1800 for 1830 start – 2045 at Farringdon. London Forum meeting London’s growing population, how will they be housed? Free and booking not required. More details at

Thursday 21 May All afternoon Local London – the capital’s neighbourhood planning experience, an event for people doing Neighbourhood Planning at Coin Street Conference Centre, followed by drinks.  Full details and (free) booking at Organised by Tony Burton

22 May 2015 all day at Birkbeck Beyond the Skyline: addressing London’s housing crisis …a diverse group of scholars, policy-makers, activists andpractitioners from across the capital and beyond, to address questions like: has London reached the limits of its ‘carrying capacity’? Is building more social housing feasible and desirable? What should the policy response to the property boom of the capital and southeast? How have communities mobilised to reverse London’s creeping ‘social cleansing’?  Booking necessary and payment (£5-£15 according to income) and details at

Three meetings at City Hall about the next set of alterations for the London Plan:

  • Thursday 14 May 2015 – Minor Alterations launch event with Sir Edward Lister, 12 noon to 2 pm, London’s Living Room, City Hall
  • Monday 18 May 2015 – Housing Standards Minor Alterations consultation event, 10 am to 12 noon, London’s Living Room, City Hall
  • Wednesday 27 May 2015 – Parking Standards Minor Alterations consultation event, 10 am to 12 noon, London’s Living Room, City Hall

Details are here on the GLA web site.

Tuesday 26 May 2015 20.00hr: The Affordable Housing Crisis, BBC Radio 4 (to be repeated Sunday 31 May 2015 17.00hr), presented by Lesley Curwen who investigates the ways that councils negotiate affordable housing with developers.

Monday 1 June to Sunday 7 June 2015 11.00-17.30hr weekdays, 12.00-16.00hr Sat & Sun: Employment Land Portfolio – Drawings of Tottenham, an exhibition of White Hart Industrial Estate by Lucinda Rogers. Part of the London Festival of Architecture, the project was spurred by Cass Cities research on the disappearance of industrial land. At Heyne Tillett Steel, Engineers, 4 Pear Tree Court, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0DS .

Saturday 9 June to Tuesday 16 June 2015 12.00-18.00hr: Ubiquitous Unique, an Installation challenging claims for the uniqueness of developments and providing a hub for new ideas on the relationship of architecture, development and communities. It is curated by Reclaim London, a new group formed to voice the collective concerns of Londoners about the city’s growth while seeking accountability and fairness in the planning process. At the Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington Street EC2A 3DT.

Friday June 12th, 7-9pm Concrete Heart Land will be screened as part of an evening called Mapping Displacement & Resistance” Room LG01 at Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths College. This event brings together activists, artists, academics and residents, to map housing displacement in London and to discuss ways of resisting the social cleansing and displacement that the current dominant neoliberal model perpetuates. For more information contact

15th June until 20th June Cass Cities and Building Bloqs invite you to the London Festival of Architecture exhibition Where London Works at Building Bloqs, 4 Anthony Way, N18. Where London Works celebrates the vibrancy, diversity and importance of the increasingly undermined industrial economy in the Middle Lea Valley. The exhibition showcases over 100 interviews with businesses, from 165 year old wholesalers to the shoemakers for West End theatres.

Thursday 18 June 2015 18.00-20.00hr plus: Rethinking smart cities from the ground up @ London technology week,The London Living Room, City Hall, organised by Nesta with panellists discussing: How can city governments use digital technology to engage, enable and empower citizens? How can people use digital technology to influence the way their cities work? Register here  .

Wednesday 1 July 1800h-1930 lecture by Michael Edwards Prospects for housing, land and rent in UK cities in the coming decades followed by reception. Free but booking essential  Report also available from  Part of the Government Office for Science Foresight programme on the future of cities.

 Tuesday 7th July “The Industrious Londoner?”  A walk around the industrial estates of Charlton Riverside led by Roy Tindle, and part of thinking about what should be in the next London Plan.  Assemble at Charlton Station at 6 pm.  London’s industry withered away years ago. Or did it? Scattered around the capital are parcels of industrial land, some small and others quite large. The activities that take place within these parcels are hidden to most people, sadly including local government, but they underpin our daily lives. Take a walk along the western edge of Charlton Riverside, see what goes on and then stop for a brief discussion in the Anchor in Hope pub, on the banks of the Thames. To book a place, go to
Monday 21 September 2015 early evening: launch of Just Space Economy and Planning handbook on defending London’s working and industrial spaces. At nef. Details to follow.
July:  Public consultation events on the housing SPG at City Hall: Two public consultation events are being held at City Hall (reservation required).  See post about the London plan consultations on the home page for details and to reserve a seat:   Monday 13 July – 9.00 to 11.00 and Thursday 23 July – 15.00 to 17.00

Friday afternoon and Saturday 10 and 11 July Just Space community conference on the next London Plan: what should it say? It is essential to reserve a place (free) and do so separately for the Friday session (1400-2030h) and the Saturday (1000-1700h) at  Programme in detail here: JS conf prog 2015 m

8-9 August weekend of events: Stop the Blocks – Tower Homeless – walks, talks, meetings and another screening of Concrete Heartland. Details

26 August at City Hall, Pre-meeting for the Examination in Public of the London Plan Minor Amendments (MALP) and technical seminar. Those who made representations will have been invited. Other Just Space groups wishing to take part should make contact now.

Monday 28 September 6.30-8.30pm Launch meeting of the ‘First Steps‘ project of the West Green Road/Seven Sisters Development Trust [Wards Corner] at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre N15 4RX. Tube/rail Seven Sisters. Free but let us know if you are coming at

Reclaim London meets on Monday 28 September to launch its Manifesto and Steering Committee  7 p m at The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ

UCL Engineering Exchange with London Sustainability Exchange hold a transport and air quality community forum on Tuesday 13 October from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The aim is to provide community projects with the support of specialist engineers and seed funding. Reserve your free place here

21-23 October at City Hall, Examination in Public of MALP.

Monday 25 January 2016 Sakiba Gurda, London Borough of Islington, ‘London – a view from a borough’ 1700-1830 at the LSE, 20 Kingsway, Ground Floor, Room 01 no booking required.

Wednesday 27 January 1800h-1930h Paul Watt is debating London Housing with Alan Benson (GLA) and others at an RIBA event at Kensington Olympia. Free if you book via

29 and 30 January 1200-2000h Students of Architecture at Cass Arts have conducted an audit of the economic and civic life around Old Kent Road, now designated as an “Opportunity Area” in the London Plan. Their work will be on show for two days and on the first day, Friday, students will be presenting it. Mardyke House, Crosslet St, SE17 1HH

Sunday 31 January 1900h at Camden Peoples’ Theatre, NW1 2PY Hampstead Rd & Drummond St, beside Warren St Tube – part of the Whose London Is It Anyway? Festival – How do we solve the housing crisis? with Paul Watt and Maxwell Hutchinson

Monday 1 February 2016 Duncan Bowie, U of Westminster and ex-GLA  ‘Beyond the compact city’ 1700-1830 at the LSE, 20 Kingsway, Ground Floor, Room 01 no booking required. late addition to the programme

Monday 8 February 2016 John Lett, GLA London Plan team ‘Issues for the new mayor’ 1700-1830 at the LSE, 20 Kingsway, Ground Floor, Room 01 no booking required.

Monday 22 February 2016 Denis Dillon , ‘Tottenham after the riots’ 1700-1830 at the LSE, 20 Kingsway, Ground Floor, Room 01 no booking required.

Thursday 4 February 2016 at City Hall: Just Space Community Conference on the next London Plan. Booking essential.  More details here  and with post-conference updates

Monday 29 February 2016 Richard Lee ‘Community visions for the next London Plan’ 1700-1830 at the LSE, 20 Kingsway, Ground Floor, Room 01 no booking required.

Monday 7 March 2016 Jane Wills, Queen Mary, ‘Localism in London’ 1700-1830 at the LSE, 20 Kingsway, Ground Floor, Room 01 no booking required.

Monday 14 March 2016 Peter Rees, UCL ‘The death of the UK planning system’ 1700-1830 at the LSE, 20 Kingsway, Ground Floor, Room 01 no booking required.

Saturday April 9 1200-evening event organised by Good London (funded by Trust for London) at Farringdon, bringing optimistic Londoners together to discuss the future. Details and free booking at

Saturday 23 April London’s Housing Crisis and its activisms. Day conference to launch a special feature issue of the journal City, edited by Paul Watt and Anna Minton. At Birkbeck/UEL Stratford campus.  Details and booking at Costs £5 waged / £3 students / free if unwaged. Many the papers for this event are free at

Monday 25th April, 12.00 – 14.00 at UCL, inauguration of Socially Just Transport Seminar series, initiated by PhD students but others welcome.  Must reserve (free)

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 10:00 to 16:00 conference Can we afford to lose council housing? organised by Prof Loretta Lees at Cambridge House – 1 Addington Square, London SE5 7JZ. Free but must book 

Thursday 28 April at UCL a conference on the next London Plan and JustSpace’s inputs to it. [This is a follow-on from the 4 February Community Conference from which a lot of people had to be excluded.] Details here.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 from 18:00 to 21:00 Making the City, Just Space Economy & Planning Group / East End Trades Guild, at Makerversity – Somerset House New Wing Lancaster Place, London, WC2R 1LA Free but must book at

17 May 1800-2030 Trade Unionists for Housing Ghost City: an evening of screenings and discussion about housing, gentrification. at Genesis Cinema

93-95 Mile End Road, E1 4UJ. Free but must book at

Monday 6 June 1800h at Draper Hall, 1 Howell Walk, London SE1 6LT Latin Elephant invites you to the launch of the report: The Case for London’s Latin Quarter  A report by Latin Elephant that sets out a strategic vision for the future of the Latin American community in Elephant and Castle. Free but booking essential and donation welcomed:

Wed 15 June 1900h-2100h First public screening of the documentary film Equal By Design (inc. Q&A + reception) Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL, A documentary film about equality, wellbeing and the UK housing crisis.

Sat 25 June at Conway Hall, Reclaim Our Spaces event at Conway Hall on Saturday 25th June.  The event is a collaboration between Just Space, the Ubele Initiative and the Spark. Details and booking arrangements at  Follow on twitter at