Arts in Regeneration: from creative community-led planning to institutional instrumentalism in East London

How can images and aesthetics support community led campaigns? In this blog, Loraine Leeson draws on her experiences with the Docklands Community Poster Project, describing how certain images can become a powerful ‘currency’ for communicating issues and arguments to wider audiences. The arts can be a highly effective tool in community-led planning due to theirContinue reading “Arts in Regeneration: from creative community-led planning to institutional instrumentalism in East London”

Golborne Community Plan and Neighbourhood Council

How have ‘ordinary people’ come together to make decisions about their places, spaces and communities? In this research report, Debbie Humphry explores the story of the Golborne Community Plan and Neighbourhood Council in 1970s London, tracing interconnections of personalities, ideologies and campaigns. Figure 1: The Golborne newsletter. Source: Social Rights Council. January 1971 According toContinue reading “Golborne Community Plan and Neighbourhood Council”

Civil society and ‘community-led planning’

What is ‘community-led planning’ and how has it been understood over the years? In this blog, Professor Glen O’Hara traces the history of the concept and its relationships with ‘civic society’, ‘regeneration’ and activism. The concept of ‘community-led planning’ can have as many meanings as there are people to ask about it. Most recently, itContinue reading “Civil society and ‘community-led planning’”

SE1 Stories. Lessons from the History of Community Organising in one Neighbourhood

A recent exhibition about community led planning in North Southwark and North Lambeth gives us food for thought about what lessons we can draw from  past  experiences of participatory planning and the importance of not letting these histories get hidden. Our Spaces of Hope principal-investigator, Sue Brownill spoke to Steve Barran and Jane Matheson whoContinue reading “SE1 Stories. Lessons from the History of Community Organising in one Neighbourhood”