past events 2018

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

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.

Friday 7th Sept 2018, 09.30 – 18.00: Community Research Partnerships – Past, Present, Future, at BASE King’s Cross, 103c Camley St, London N1C 4PF. Researchers, professionals and Londoners interested in community-engaged engineering and/or the built environment are invited to this free event, hosted by the Engineering Exchange at UCL. Participants will have the opportunity to gain insight and contribute to discussions on issues related to green  infrastructure, air quality, waste infrastructure and community energy. There will also be an opportunity to develop project collaborations between UCL and community groups in London. For the day’s programme, see invitation_community_research_partnerships_event. To register:

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

Thursday 27th September at 31 Leigh Street, Cartwright Gardens, London WC1H 9EP 1500h-1730h UCL seminars on engaging research and teaching on urban design with community groups, followed at 1730 by drinks and snacks for opening of an exhibition of this year’s student work. Free but please register at  eventbrite  for the seminars and for the exhibition here.

Tuesday 2 October Socially-just transport seminar series: How can accessibility instruments foster a sound decision-making process with multiple and diverse stakeholder groups? Dr Benjamin Buttner, München, UCL Central House room G01, 14 Upper Woburn Place WC1H 0NN, Free without booking. 1800h. Timely when the London Plan proposes to scrap the PTAL/density matrix.

5th Oct at Rich Mix Doors open 6.30 for 7. Studio 2. . NO PLACE LIKE HOME As part of its “Roots and Beyond” season, Rich Mix, Bethnal Green, is hosting an exploration of the importance and meanings of “Home”, through words, images and performance. ALL WELCOME. FREE ENTRY

Tuesday 9 October 1730h Bartlett London Planning Seminar: Mike Raco, Dan Durrant and Nicola Livingstone Slow City? After all the official efforts to speed up planning, should we instead slow the rate of change to make time for proper deliberation and democracy? Free but reserve a seat

Monday 15 October Memories of Battersea Walking tour 1630-1730 and screening of short films 1730-1930. Spectacle Productions project which gave young adults from Battersea the opportunity to be trained in film-making while producing short films about their neighbourhood, collecting memories from elder Battersea residents, bridging intergenerational gaps and engaging with the history of their borough. More details.  All welcome.

Tuesday 30 October 2018 18:00-21:00 book launch ‘The New Enclosure’ by Brett Christophers at UCL: see

SAT 3 NOV 12.00 AT CITY HALL. NO ESTATE DEMOLITIONS WITHOUT A BALLOT OF RESIDENTS!   Sadiq Khan has agreed that residents on estates threatened with demolition will have a ballot to find out whether they agree with “regeneration” or not.  However, he has denied 36 estates a ballot by signing off the finances. Now these estates, such as Cressingham Gardens, Ebury Bridge, the Aylesbury,  plus many others, are demanding  a ballot as well. Rally/protest SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3 AT 12.00 NOON AT POTTERS FIELDS / CITY HALL. 

Stop press 5 Nov: presentations for the Technical Seminars tomorrow 6th and wednesday 7th have just been released here. Here you can also watch the webcsts of the seminars on both days.

Thursday 8 November 2018 17.30  ‘Connecting the two sides of Stratford’ exhibition and discussion By Bengali East End Heritage Society & Loughborough University London, at Here East. Free. Details & Flyer: E15-E20 Projects - poster.jpg

Tuesday 13 November 2018 18:00-19:00 book launch Inequality in Transport by David Banister at UCL. Free without booking

26 November Monday 1700h onwards UCL Roberts Building G06 Ambrose Fleming LT Torrington Place WC1E 7JE opposite Waterstones bookshop
1700h-1800 background briefing for beginners / people new to the process

coffee/tea in foyer 1700-1800 (note changed time)
1800h onwards topic-based presentations and discussion: Spatial Development issues including  high streets, centres, Opportunity Areas, poly-centric London

5 December Wednesday 1500h onwards 25 Gordon Street room E28 Harrie Massey LT 1500-1600 background briefing for beginners / people new to the process (essentially a repeat of 26 Nov briefing)
possibly coffee/tea. There is anyway a cafe on the ground floor.
1600 – 1800 topic-based presentations and discussions, mainly housing and related topics suggested. (The topic suggestions have been guided by matters likely to come up in the first block of EiP sessions.)

Then from January onwards we plan to have observers at all the EiP sessions, taking notes and helping to prepare blogs/reports on what’s happening. This will be great and could involve a large number of students committing to report on just one day (or could be more).  There will be briefing sessions for community groups and others at UCL in the weeks when the EiP is not in session. Just Space is grateful to the UCL Bartlett School of Planning for supporting this series of events.

27 November 2018 18:00-19:30 launch Raynsford Review of the planning system at London City Hall. Register here
31 January at RICS, another chance to hear Prof David Banister, this time on sustainable transport. Details at
30 November. The Up the Elephant Campaign in support of the traders and for more social rented housing at the Elephant is holding a Campaign Party this coming Friday 30 Nov– a night of of Latin beats with DJ Gloria (Exilio) to raise funds to pursue a legal challenge to Southwark Council’s granting of planning permission for the shopping centre scheme – further details and tickets available here.