'The Public(s) Land Grab’ is a live research project, which
looks to alternatives against to capital-led urban development and
its intrinsic inequalities. As we increasingly rely on
developers for the creation of our cities what we question is if
residents can build the capacity to develop without developers and
use regeneration as an opportunity to level social inequalities
rather then extenuate them. How can it be used to address local
issues (unemployment and wellbeing in the case of Loughborough
This research is being carried out alongside Loughborough
Junction Action Group, The Loughborough Farm, the LJ Neighbourhood
Planning Forum and other local groups. It is testing the potential
and often contradictory ideas of the Localism Act 2011.
Like many citizen-led initiatives in London at the moment - this
starts with a community garden on a piece of derelict council
owned land which had been negotiated for temporary use before its
intended development. We have been using building workshops,
legislation and negotiation, both between residents and with the
council, to build local agency. The research will cumulate as a
hand book of architectural tactics which can be used by citizen-led
iniatives in similar positions. These tactics are as much spatial
propositions as a redesign of the relationship between public,
council, developer and city.
More to follow...