Past events 2016-17

This page is an archive of the events listing from September 2016 to the end of 2017.

Sunday September 4 2016 The Olympic Park Jude Rosen and Julian Cheyne E15 1AZ
Everything you wanted to know about the Olympic Park and never dared to ask
Meet 2.30 @ forecourt Stratford Station, level of bus station. You will experience  a different story of regeneration, the Olympics and ‘the legacy’ on the route: which goes from Stratford old town, passes International station,  the new school, Chobham Manor – the site of former Clays Lane; the Velodrome; Eton Manor; former Manor Garden allotments; pit-stop Timber Lodge café; ‘largest new park in Western Europe’; Media Centre; RUN; Mandeville Place, view Hackney Wick; Olympic stadium; the Orbit, International Quarter –ending at Stratford City. Poems from the collection – Reclamations – will be performed on the way to bring in forgotten voices, histories, moments of transformation and alternative which are also present in the landscape.  Booking essential on Eventbrite here (£0-7)

28/29/30 September LSE Resist:  3 days of free events by the Sociology department and see hashtag #LSEresist

Thursday 6th October 2 pm – 5 pm RTPI London/Planning Aid England/Locality  – Community Planning  at Resources for London. The focus is on Housing policies in neighbourhood and community plans.  Richard Lee will be speaking about Just Space Plan for London and the housing policies in the Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Plan.  For other speakers, programme and (free) registration go to %E2%80%98a-fairer-and-more-affordable-city%E2%80%99-(1)/

Monday 17 October 1000-1300h  London Assembly Planning Committee – at City Hall. Change of plan: the agenda now concentrates on the London Infrastructure Plan 2050. This is an important document – and because it is  not a statutory one it does not have formal public hearings.  Just Space was very critical of the document at draft stage: our comments here. | Link to agenda and papers here.

It is at the Mayor’s Question Time on Wednesday 19th October at 10 am that we are are now seeking to show a wider presence  with the Reclaim Our Spaces coalition.  Just Space hopes people will be able to attend as part of our mobilisation for more meaningful and effective participation in London planning and in fact all the Mayor’s Strategies.

Wed 19 October at Parliament 1300h Shelter demonstration/lobby against homelessness, then 1415h at Portcullis House Meeting held by all-party group of MPs on future  of social housing

Friday 21st October 3.30 pm at City Hall, London Finance Commission has been reconvened by Mayor Sadiq Khan to look at the devolution of powers to London. Just Space has been invited to send a representattive to an oral evidence session “for London’s communities” 21st October is also the deadline for written evidence.  More on the LFC is here.

Saturday 22nd October 1.30 – 3.30 pm Switched on London event with new Deputy Mayor for Environment Myatts Field Centre, 24 Crawshay Road, Lambeth, London SW9 6FZ  More details  Mayor Sadiq Khan pledged to support a new public energy company. . This event brings together the New Deputy Mayor for Environment Shirley Rodrigues and GLA energy policy officers to hear how this is progressing and to discuss London’s energy future.

Friday 28 October 1400-1600h  JustMap collective working session with Reclaim Our Spaces. JustMap is an ongoing collaborative map that we are developing to highlight communities’ assets and projects, while connecting actors campaigning for a fairer London. A large range of skills is necessary for this collective project : community engagement, planning, mapping, programming, web design, social networks, graphic design, playful engagement … and much more !| Link to JustMap blog | Link to agenda meeting  Free but booking essential.

15 November. We have met with Nicky Gavron, Deputy Chair of the London Assembly Planning Committee who encouraged us to make a visible Just Space presence at the Planning Committee. The main item in October was to have been a draft of Towards the next London Plan with a Panel made up of the Mayor’s team.  The Planning Committee meeting following this in November was to take contributions from stakeholders and experts.  The programme slipped and the document, renamed A city for all Londoners, was published in late October and will be discussed by the committee on 15 November. We want to influence this by turning up at meetings to show we are large in number, diverse in the community interests we cover and ready to engage. We will give out copies of our proposals.

12 & 13 November 2016 Land for What?  JustSpace is co-organising a “convergence” in London. Preparations at and please reserve a (free) place.
Day one:
1. What in land is important in our struggles? Workshops on housing, food, community spaces, public space and the environment.
2. Two sets of workshops including, land the basics, history of land in Britain, lessons from abroad, land economics, practical applications.
Day 2.
Mostly taken up with what we can do short-term and long-term and how we can work together to get land reform that will benefit all the different campaigns. See our link page for more info. 

Monday 14th November, 16:00-18:00 Socially Just Transport seminar in UCL main building Chadwick 2.18 and the presenters joining us this time are:
– Peter Jones, University College London. “Towards more socially just urban transport policy: an historical journey”
– Cristhian Figueroa, University of Leeds.“Effects of the Built Environment over walking skills”
– Gualtiero Bonvino, University College London, “Transit Oriented Development Land Policy for Public Transport funding: the case of Turin”
– Giulio Mattioli, University of Leeds. “Car-related economic stress in the UK: mapping the problem”
For more information about the presenters, details of the event and for booking your place, please go to this link:
Wed 16 November Amrar Zaga/ Our Place art exhibition is holding a special closing event on Wednesday 16th November from 6pm-8pm at the Hopkins Room, Stratford Central Library, The Grove, Stratford, London E15 1EL. This is an opportunity to view short films about east London, ask questions during a panel discussion on local planning and heritage issues and take a tour of the exhibition with the artist. The event is free but booking is essential. Please email or call/ text 07915 234404.For further information see:

19 November Saturday 1130 No 3rd runway / no more runways demonstration assembling outside the 3 Magpies, Bath Road, TW6 2AU

Thurs 24 November 2016 from 5.30pm-8.30pm Green Infrastructure and Air Quality event with some thought provoking presentations and open debate at University College London, Chadwick Building G07, London WC1E 6BT. Arranged by UCL Engineering Exchange and LSx (London Sustainability Exchange) to engage with community groups, academics, policy makers and practitioners about what is known in relation to green infrastructure and how we can work together to improve our knowledge and practice. Just Space is supporting this initiative. For more information and to book your place, please go to this link:  where the ‘invitation’ will ask you to provide some details on a ‘registration’ form. More information is also available from Ann Bernardo at or 0207 234 9404.

Wednesday 30 November 2016 at 6.30pm From territorial stigma to territorial justice: a critique of vested interest urbanism’ at Queen Mary College, Mile End Road. A lecture by Tom Slater, Reader in Urban Geography at the University of Edinburgh, with discussion and drinks. Free but please reserve a seat

In November the Mayor is holding consultation meetings about his new publication A City for all Londoners which sets out his ideas for the new London Plan. All Just Space organisations are encouraged to reserve seats at one or more of the events and to let Richard Lee know if they secure them. Download the document and reserve seats at  Later: content and, later, records of these events are gradually being posted on that web page.  Consultations end on 11 December.

Thursday 1 December 7-9pm Community Brainstorm: better ideas for the Shoreditch Goodsyard, at St Hilda’s East Community Centre, 18 Club Row, E2 7EY. More Light More Power Campaign.

Thursday 8 December 2016 7.00pm How do we stop council estate demolitions?  Southwark Defend Council Housing and supported by Canada Water TRA  Canada Estate Tenants’ Hall, Columbia Point, Moodkee St, SE16 7BB

12 January  2017 1800h at Queen Mary, Mile End Road: Equalities and Social Integration. Matthew Ryder, the new Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, has been given an incredibly broad portfolio by Sadiq Khan so it’s great to see that he has accepted an invitation to talk about inequality in the city. The lecture is hosted by the London Fairness Commission and Toynbee Hall and is a free event – but please book. Booking details are here.

Monday 16 January 1700-1830h LSE London seminar, James Clark, Housing Policy Manager, GLA, Supplementary Planning Guidance: London’s strategy New Academic Building NAB (Sardinia St/Lincoln’s InnFields) room LG09. Open without booking.

Monday 23 January 1700-1830h LSE London seminar, Richard Brown, Research Director, Centre for London, Brexit and London. New Academic Building NAB (Sardinia St/Lincoln’s Inn Fields) room LG09 Open without booking.

Thursday 26th January 2017 at 1800h Professor Alex Schwartz, The New School, New York, New York City’s Affordable Housing Plan Under Mayor De Blasio and the Limits of Local Initiative in Making Housing Affordable.  Bartlett School of Planning UCL room Roberts G06, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE Entry: Free but booking is essential. Please reserve your ticket via the Eventbrite page  The event will be followed by a drinks reception in the Roberts Foyer.

Monday 30 January 1700-1830h LSE London seminar, Yasminah Beebejaun, Bartlett UCL, Gender, urban space and the right to everyday life. New Academic Building NAB (Sardinia St/Lincoln’s Inn Fields) room LG09 Open without booking.

Monday 6 Feb 1700-1830h LSE London seminar, Nick Falk, URBED, & Jonathan Manns, Colliers, West London Corridor, New Academic Building NAB (Sardinia St/Lincoln’s Inn Fields) room LG09. Open without booking.

13 and 14 February meeting and rally resisting Haringey’s “Vehicle”


Feb-March Department of Transport consultation events on Heathrow expansion. Details at  lhrevents

19 January – 23 February 2017 Thursdays 1830 – 2000h | LVMH Lecture Theatre Chaired by Oliver Wainwright for Spatial Practices at Central Saint Martins, Granary Square, King’s Cross N1C. Tickets (free) available on the door – in the atrium, beside security.


Thursday 9 February 1400-1700h at Stratford, event hosted by UEL on understanding changing patterns of deprivation in East London. Details plus (free) booking

Monday 20 Feb 1700-1830h LSE London seminar, Antoine Paccoud, Luxembourg, and Alan Mace, Suburban gentrification, New Academic Building NAB (Sardinia St/Lincoln’s Inn Fields) room LG09. Open without booking.

Thursday 23 February 1830 UCLH near Warren Street, Prof John Hills on Unfair and unjust: inequality and London’s housing crisis, a meeting of My Fair London. Free but reserve a place at

Monday 27 Feb 1700-1830h LSE London seminar, Gareth Fairweather, TfL, TfL Crossrail, New Academic Building NAB (Sardinia St/Lincoln’s Inn Fields) room LG09. Open without booking.

Monday 6 March 1700-1830h LSE London seminar, Making Central Government and Mayoral policies work at the local level by Alan Benson, Head of Housing Strategy and Commissioning at Haringey CouncilNew Academic Building NAB (Sardinia St/Lincoln’s Inn Fields) room LG09. Open without booking. Alan Benson will discuss how Central Government and Mayoral housing policies have been playing out at the local level and the challenges faced by local councils and  communities. He will also discuss how they can make the best use of the opportunities now being put in place by national and London-wide government.

6 March 1830h at LSE, Portugal Street, free without booking


Thursday 9 March breakfast in West End with Centre for London, James Murray: Building & funding the affordable housing London needs  free but must book at

Thursday30 March 2017 1800-2000h UCL Engineering Exchange Green Infrastructure Reception, Dr Sarah Bell and panel will review green infrastructure in cities and the opportunities and needs for community groups in London to more effectively engage with the latest scientific evidence. Speakers from UCL and  communities, including short video and networking canapé reception. At University College London (Room G04, Chadwick Building) Gower Street WC1E 6BT. See map – accessible from main gated entrance off Gower Street. Booking link here.

Monday 13 March 1700-1830h LSE London seminar, William McKee, Chair of Outer London Commission, The Outer London Commission, New Academic Building NAB (Sardinia St/Lincoln’s Inn Fields) room LG09. Open without booking.

Wed. March 15th at 7.30pm, Irish Centre, Camden Sq NW1 Camden New Town History Project: Film of 1960s St Pancras Rent strike

26 April 2017 1400h-1830h “New London Vernacular + Urban Qualities” discussion panel with lectures; 1700h book launch & exhibition: ‘Can we build good-quality new urban places within the current financial and institutional envelope?’  UCL  Urban Laboratory at The Bartlett, 22 Gordon street, London WC1H 0QB.Please book on Eventbrite here.   Further details on this flyer: (removed)

3 May 1800h-1930h Pyramid Room, Geography, King’s College, Strand, book launch for Battle for the High Street with Suzi Hall, Julian Dobson & Sam Griffiths. All welcome without booking. Drinks.

18 May 2017 1800h Will future transportation technologies solve our transport problems? Talk by Dr Helmut Holzapfel arising from the international SINTROPHER research programme, UCL Physics Building A1/3, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT Free but please book at

Saturday 24 June 2017 1030h – 1630h Grand Union Alliance’s Community Conference on the draft Local Plan by Old Oak Park Royal Development Corporation, Pentecostal City Mission Church, 2 Scrubs Lane, Willesden Junction (the nearest station), NW10 6RB. Presentations and discussion about policy that will guide development in the area over the next 20 years – what this means to existing communities and why people should take part in the consultation. Of particular importance to residents and workers in the surrounding parts of west London. An invitation is extended to those experiencing top down large area planning (“Opportunity Areas”, “Housing Zones”) to share insights. Free, including refreshments/lunch, but booking is essential – phone 07784 286 809 or email . Agenda here: GUA conference June2017. For background information read the GUA news spring 2017 (f) pdf

Saturday 15 July at the Building Centre, Store Street, WC1 Panel on starting up a community-led housing scheme. Details and booking at

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 18:30 to 20:00 POWER TO THE CITIZEN! Data and Co-Creation in the Digital City seminar at BASE King’s Cross (UCL), 103c Camley Street, N1C 4PF London (View Map     Attend Event).

The ways in which we define and engage with digital city systems is changing. This no longer lies exclusively in the hands of architects, designers, engineers, computer scientists and urban planners: open-source tools and open-data platforms are opening up collaborative opportunities for citizen participation.

This panel session, brings together community groups, academics and digital practitioners into dialogue with the joint aims of understanding the challenges of engaging in this new paradigm and with this knowledge, identify new collaborative mechanisms for citizen-led digital city making.

Speakers include representatives (tbc) from the GLA, JustMap, the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis and the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture.

POWER TO THE CITIZEN! is a UCL collaboration between the Engineering Exchange, UCL Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment, UCL Urban Lab and CASA.

Monday 10 July 2017  18:30–20:00 “Good Growth by Design – A Vision for London” Public lecture hosted by Institute of Public Affairs, LSE Cities and LSE London
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, will set out his personal vision for London’s future development, and discuss his plans to ensure that the city’s growth benefits all Londoners.
London’s population is at an all-time high, and continues to grow as fast as any period since the 19th century. This growth brings challenges of increasing pressures on housing, workspace, local services, infrastructure and heritage, but also brings opportunities to strengthen London’s position as one of the world’s greatest cities.
In A City for All Londoners, Sadiq Khan set out his intention to write this new chapter in London’s development according to the principles of ‘good growth’. After a welcome by LSE Interim Director, Julia Black, the Mayor will describe what good growth will mean for London and Londoners, and how he intends to work with London’s developers, architects, planners, local authorities and communities to deliver it. Following his speech, Sadiq Khan will join a panel chaired by Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, Tony Travers. Panellists include: Sadie Morgan, architect and commissioner of the National Infrastructure Commission; Jackie Sadek founder and Chief Executive, UK Regeneration; and Ricky Burdett Professor of Urban Studies and Director, LSE Cities.
Tickets This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required. Only one ticket per person can be requested via LSE’s online ticket request form from 5pm Monday 3 July until at least 12 noon Tuesday 4 July.” Also live-streamed.

Friday 4 August: closing date for comments on the Terms of Reference of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Details here

Saturday 5 August, related to Grenfell, there is an open meeting  “How can we rethink social housing in London?” 6pm at Precarity Centre, 1A Nelson’s Row, SW4 7JR

Monday 14 – Sunday 20 August, series of events on London Housing organised by ASH Architects for Social Housing at the ICA on the Mall. Includes alternative schemes for many London housing estates threatened by demolition. Details

Monday 11th September 2017 6pm for 6.30pm to 8.30pm: open meeting hosted by London Forum of Amenity & Civic Societies on the draft London Housing Strategy recently published by the Mayor for public consultation. Speaker: Dominic Curran of the GLA. Venue: The Gallery (in the basement via the side archway – access to the rear of the courtyard), 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL – near to Farringdon station.

Saturday 16th September 1300-1800h at UCL Towards a Land Reform Bill: Land taxation to benefit the many, not the few free but booking essential at    Land Justice Network and Just Space

Thursday 21st and Saturday 23rd September 2017 exhibition by Berkeley Homes of their proposals for Malt Street, Old Kent Road. Details to follow at

Saturday 23rd September march against social cleansing in London from Tottenham Green (Seven Sisters Tube) to Finsbury Park. Organised by Haringey campaigners against the council’s “development vehicle’ partnership with LendLease. Details to follow.

Monday 25th September in Stratford: Lecture by Dr Paul Watt of Birkbeck, EVICTIONS, DISPLACEMENT AND NEW LOGICS OF EXPULSION IN 21ST CENTURY LONDON. 1800-2000h. Free but booking required.

Thursday 28 September 2-4pm  London Communities Commission This independent Commission was set up in September 2015, with eleven Commissioners from the private, public and voluntary sectors, convened by the Paddington Development Trust and supported by London Funders and by the Corporation of London’s charity, City Bridge Trust.  Its task was to look into how citizens and communities in London’s most deprived areas might be strengthened and supported in these times of austerity. We have published six draft and interim reports which can be found on our website We now have the date for the launch of our final report when we will also take the opportunity of updating our partners on our funding proposals and our work to establish community action areas in the London Plan. We do hope you can attend this event. Contact via the website so we can send you a formal invitation when we have finalised the venue

to What is Housing For? Event over but now available on YouTube

Wednesday 1st November 1300-1800h at Mile End. Workshop of Just Space groups on the Mayor’s draft London Housing Strategy. The aim of the event is to bring together a wide range of London community and activist organisations  —social housing & private renters, community led housing, Gypsies and Travellers and all equality based groups— to share our analysis of the London Housing Strategy, strengthen our own submissions and put together a collective response from Just Space.  We will also tackle some big picture issues such as land value, land ownership and community based regeneration. The event is free and lunch is provided but booking is essential


Thurs/Fri 2 and 3 November Workshop on what makes a good street? at CASS, Aldgate, free but should book. Details: Streetspace workshop flyer

Thursday 26th October + 29 and 30 November 1700h at London Road Gallery of South Bank University SBU Three sessions on Regeneration Struggles in South London. 

16 November 2017 afternoon event about/by Our Way Ahead, a newish network of networks in London, following the closure of LVSC. Eventbrite link and see this background document from some of the organisers.  Our update with flyers is here.