R-Urban

R-Urban London

Planning for Forums / Forums for Planning

When:

What:

Talk

Where:

The White Building
Unit 7, Queens Yard
White Post Lane
London
E9 5EN

Creating appropriate forms of local democracy is one of the great challenges contemporary cities face. In places like London, where development pressure is very high, the need for spaces where issues of relevance can be discussed, ideas shared and decisions made collectively is particularly urgent. What kinds of forums or assemblies are appropriate vehicles to achieve this? What kinds of issues have the capacity to gather a collectivity? What forms of legitimacy and representativeness can community forums build? How do such forums relate to other key actors such as local authorities and developers? This session explores these questions, starting from a series of relevant experiences already taking place in Hackney Wick, such as the work of the Cultural Interest Group's Planning Unit and the recently opened Hub67.