Reminder: Housing Struggles Archive Open Meeting

This Saturday 25th November, 2-4pm

MDR has decided to try and document both the unprecedented scale of the attacks on social and affordable (and adequate!) housing in London over the last years on social housing and the amazing resistance people have been showing. We think it’s fundamental to preserve the history of those campaigns, which in the future will inform and inspire more resistance.

We would like to build this archive together with the people involved in the campaigns and so we are organising an open meeting to bring together activists and other interested people so that all have a say in the formation of the archive.

If you…
want to help build the housing struggles archive,
hold any materials from a housing campaign,
are interested in learning how to catalogue and digitise your material
then come along to our open meeting on Saturday 25th November, 2-4pm.

We are also planning to organise a series of digitisation and cataloguing training workshops for activists who are interested in learning ways to document and archive their struggles themselves. If you can’t come to the open meeting but all these sound interesting to you then email


Interlude 2017

We at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology are happy to announce Interlude 2017, a four week open studio for Postgraduate and final year Undergraduate students. Please find the posters attached.

About Interlude

‘INTERLUDE’ or the in-between is an experimental space at Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, for pause, or self-reflection. It is a platform for critiquing and busting memes of today or of the times to come. The vision is to create a space that lies in the intersection between academic learning and a ‘design-free’ zone, where postgraduate students from Srishti and other institutions come together and critically engage in the act of ‘meme-busting’.

In its second edition this year, we have three Open Studios, each exploring a particular theme. The students have a choice to enroll in any one of the studio and choose a particular provocation that the studio offers. The students then, over a period of four weeks work in interdisciplinary teams to actively construct their response to the chosen provocation.

The construction will be shaped by a mentoring space where experts/artists/activists/scholars from diverse fields will share their insights, experiences and positions in varied forms, such as talks, walks, discussions, open debates, workshops, hackathons, and other formats of their choice. The student teams are encouraged to engage in these wide-ranging activities to conceive their response-building process and take informed positions of their own.

The three studios are,

Open Studio 01: Culture of Resilience: Resilience of Culture
South Asia offers a vast diversity of cultural landscapes that have evolved innumerable responses to the ways in which societies can inhabit places that challenge human ingenuity. All kinds of answers have been found to sustain life in the face of the vagaries of nature, migration and urbanisation. In turn, these conditions have encouraged the development of a bewildering diversity of ways of life, language and cultural forms. In this place-based studio on ‘Culture of Resilience’ you will engage with interdisciplinary ideas and concepts of resilience and examine them through the socio-cultural landscape of Bidar, a fort city in Northern Karnataka.

Open Studio 02: Contesting Heritage
India is a land of great variety of heritage sites and many socio-cultural in uences have worked over several centuries to form these wide-ranging cultural landscapes. While some practices of conservation predates the colonial era, others have been initiated only during the last few decades. One of the reasons for this delay could be that most of these practices are borrowed or adapted from elsewhere. But perhaps a more benign explanation is that heritage in India was sustained by local indigenous practices and outside management was not necessary.

What led to these new practices? How was heritage interpreted before it was subjected to conservation, alteration or demolition? Who decides, what is best for heritage?

Heritage in India today faces a more complex situation than ever before. Education and practice are in a ux because the context, for heritage interpretation and intervention, is constantly under transformation. The socio-political and economic changes in India have impacted the state of heritage management. Indian heritage has at times been a subject of collective decision and at others driven by individual choices.

We envision that this studio ‘Contesting Heritage’ will be an open platform for critical reflections on the tangible, the intangible and the natural heritage of India. This approach would help expand or redefine creative practices in the fields of heritage and urban design. This studio is also a part of the collaborative between the UNESCO Chair at Srishti and ICOMOS India.

Open Studio 03: Sustain by Design
The 2015 UN General Assembly adopted a set of 17 interlinked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a continuation of the global sustainability agenda previously enshrined in the Millennium Development Goals. Spanning the next 15 years, up to 2030, these goals aim to guide disruptive development agenda, including growing global urbanisation, while respecting human and environmental factors like social justice, economic equity, environmental security which would provide a holistic approach for a sustainable future.

Though the SDGs have been framed after a long process of participation by various stakeholder groups, including Governments, responsibility to realize the Goals are with countries that are member states to the UN. For India, it is imperative to contextualize the SDGs to build a dialogue with national/regional/local goals, aspirations and strategies in order to effectively achieve the set targets. This studio will focus on the role of art and design in critically evaluating the SDGs, innovating with implementation strategies and reimagining them for the Indian context.

Modes of Participation

Participate completely offline: You will work on the provocation you have chosen in your own time and place, mentored by a faculty member from your institute. You will submit your response for curation and presentation at the conference, according to the date set by the respective open studio. You will participate in the culminating conference and present your work.

Participate in some mentoring sessions: You can attend some of the mentoring sessions organized by the studio of your choice, if it suits your calendar. You will have to bear all the expenses for travel and stay on your own. The other activities remain the same as mode 1.

Key Dates

• Call for Participation: 31 October, 2017
• Registration of Teams: 14 November, 2017
• Open Studios: 20 November – 13 December, 2017
• Culminating Conference: 14, 15, 16 December, 2017

Useful Links
Registration Form (No Registration cost) :
For detailed information about the studios, provocative propositions and schedule visit:

For any further inquiries about Interlude 2017, please write to:,

Please share this call for participation widely within your networks, postgraduate or final year undergraduate students and faculty members. Last date for registration is 14th November 2017.

Emerging Identities in the Future of Places: Neo-cultures, Place Multi-mediation and Intersubjectivities

Call for Chapter Proposals

Emerging Identities in the Future of Places:
Neo-cultures, Place Multi-mediation and Intersubjectivities

Abstract submission deadline: 1 Nov 2017

How is the development of future places in cities shaping new place-based identities, defined by the intertwined and entangled nature of socio-cultural, technical and spatial practices of people? Comprehending the resultant complexities of place-related identity demands the need to identify new directions that evolve progressively by embracing a renewed understanding of identity. The proposed book aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary approach towards unravelling emerging place- related identities that are caught in a labyrinth created by contemporary urban spatialities. By keeping place as the main frame of enquiry, we seek to comprehend the ephemeral nature of ongoing spatial negotiations within the ecology of urban and media practices. We are interested in examining the intertwined and interrelated concepts of culture, place and identity amidst the technology pervaded urban living that is enabling new forms of place-related identities to emerge. The chapters should reflect on the three themes of ‘Placing Media’, ‘Spatial Representation’, and ‘Identity interrogation’.

In ‘Placing Media’ we seek to explore how numerous forms of media practices and technologies (mobile phones, smart screens, screen projections, etc) adapted and used in the context of our everyday life has brought with them debates and discussions over their socio-spatial and cultural implications in our urban context. Placing Media, investigates these implications of media for rethinking the relationship among users, spaces, information, as well as interfaces and the impact which these reconfigurations have upon culture, place experience and identity. Discourses and debates over socio-cultural and epistemological implications of media practices have begun to attract attention, since it provides new platforms for communication, engagement and making sense of urban environments.

With media entering the scene at the very moment of perceiving and experiencing places, memories, become de-situated, belonging to shared domains of representation in which individual experiences diffuse, overlap and merge into acts of collective experience of different cultures . In ‘Spatial representation’ we aim to explore the role and nature of contemporary spatial representation in the fluctuating intersubjective terrain nascent with the pervasiveness of media. New forms of representations through citizens lens have emerged from open-ended city-building video games such as SimCity, Cities:Skylines and as well as practitioner-based representations of proposed changes to places – using City Information Modelling (CIM) and other virtual tools for promoting new development / regeneration. The chapters will investigate the how these new spatial representations offer different matrices for neo-cultural identity performances and manifestations.

In ‘Identity Interrogation’, we aim to explore how new forms of contemporary spatiality interact with neo-cultures to open up new trajectories for understanding emerging (personal and group) identities in cities. For instance, given the accelerating pace of life, and more frequent changes of citizen locations, personal and social relations defined and experienced more through virtual co-implacements, higher levels of home-working and individual startups – are technology and media platforms steering a paradigm shift in our relational existence and experience in places? The multi-dimensional and multi-layered nature of place-based community relationships in contemporary urban contexts also makes identity negotiating / reconstituting into a restless activity often marked by discordant and/or agreeable spatial complexities. By embracing the notions of complex people-place relationships in cities evolving as a result of developing mediating technologies, the chapters strives to examines how these technologies challenge the ways in which planning, designing and place-related identities can be understood, perceived, engaged and constructed in the contemporary urban contexts and the potential future of places.


The book will be of interest to academic (researcher, teacher, students) audiences seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the identity and city in the context of emerging sociotechnical geographies. The main fields include: sociology, media studies, history, psychology, cultural studies, human geography, urban design and planning, architecture, and anthropology. It will also be useful to a number of professionals involved in planning, designing and transforming cities, including: design practitioners, policy makers, urban planners and designers, and architects. The book will be particularly relevant for undergraduate, Masters and PhD students who are engaging in socio-technical analysis of urban practices in cities.

If you are interested in contributing to the book, please send us an abstract of 300-500 words outlining the proposed paper and containing your main argument(s), your main conceptual and theoretical approaches results (if applicable)and key references, the research themes the proposal fits in. Please also include authors name, current affiliation, and e-mail address

Please, submit proposals as in Word or pdf format document to and


1 Nov 2017
An abstract of up to 300 words is to be submitted to the editors by email.

15 Jan 2018
Editors will select chapters on the basis of the following criteria: relevance to the theme and goal of the book, originality of the contribution, theoretical rigour and wealth of the empirical material. All authors of submitted abstracts will be informed about the editorial decision via email.

31 May 2018
First draft of all chapters is to be submitted to the editors by email. Chapters need to be 6000-8000 words in length and written in English. Authors of chapters are responsible for the language and style editing. The guidelines for the editing style, references and bibliography will be sent to authors of selected chapters with the editorial decision.

1 Aug 2018
Feedback and comments of the 1st review of chapters will be emailed by editors to authors of all chapters.

30 Sep 2018
Second draft of all chapters is to be submitted to the editors by email.

15 Nov 2018
Feedback and comments of the 2nd review of chapters will be emailed by editors to authors of all chapters.

24 Dec 2018
Final editing of chapters and book submission.

Jun/July 2019
Book publication.


Please, contact Lakshmi Priya Rajendran ( and/or NezHapi Dellé Odeleye ( if you have any inquiries about the book project.


Connectivity within Place and across Space

Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting (New Orleans, April 10-14, 2018)

Organizers: Lauren Andres, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, UK);[log in to unmask]; John Bryson. City-Region Economic Development Institute, University of Birmingham, UK;[log in to unmask]

Connectivity is central to all geographic processes that link people, organizations infrastructures, technologies and places. There are many dimensions of connectivity including an individual’s friendship and work-related networks, but also organizational connectivity and various types of relationships between physical and virtual objects. Proximity and distance are two key components of connectivity, but the experience of both is mediated by technology, trust and repetition. It is timely to bring together a set of papers that explore the relationship between the different forms of connectivity and associated processes in place and across space. This includes a focus on understanding connectivity and interrelationships between people, organisations, technologies and places.

Connectivity, in relation to distance and proximity, includes economic, social, technical and political aspects. It also includes Tobler’s (1970) “first law of geography; everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things” (1970: 236). This “law” emphasizes the importance of distance. Now, current geographies of connectivity embrace technological innovations which have transformed the relations between individuals, firms, places, infrastructures and of course communications. Connectivity is thus also facilitated by the evolving relationship between satellites, technology, people and organizations. For example, where fibre optics and cables are unavailable, satellite broadband can ensure communication and connectivity via the internet, as well as, navigation. Telecommunications satellites help international business to overcome distance, as they enable the transfer of knowledge and information (for example, via video conferencing), without the need for face-to-face exchange.

Given the importance of social connectivity in economic and political processes, it is timely to explore the multiple ways in which different forms of connectivity shape economic, social and political relationships and their spatial outcomes. This session invites contributions that critically engage in understanding the relationship between different forms of connectivity, within place and across space. Papers may examine topics including, but are not restricted to:

Theoretical and methodological developments and the geographies of connectivity.
Different forms of connectivity and their impacts.
Connectivity, proximity and distance.
Technology, Smartphones and connectivity or connected lifestyles.
Connected communities, connected regions, connected cities, connected rural areas.
Connectivity and disconnections, or connectivity on the margins.
Social networks and connectivity including different forms of social embeddedness.
Connectivity and global or international processes.
Connectivity and spatial planning.
Differential connectivity.

Anyone interested in participating in the session should send an abstract conforming to the requirements of the AAG (see by October 14th to Lauren Andres ([log in to unmask]) and John Bryson ([log in to unmask]).

Tobler, W. (1970), ‘A Computer Simulating Urban Growth in the Detroit Region’, Economic Geography 46: 234-240

Dr. Lauren Andres
Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning
GEES Urban Initiative Lead
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences,
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK
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Placeless memories: digital constructions of memory and identity

14 July 2017, Bowland Auditorium, Humanities Research Centre, University of York

This one-day conference aims to open up discussion on the nature of memory and identity construction online and in digital formats, and explore issues concerning the use of these digital memories as a resource for scholars.

LCC Space & Place Research Hub: Somewhere in Between Residency at Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre Wed 26. April – Sat 29. April 2017

Come along everyday this week to the Space and Place Residency at the LCC Studio Space, First Floor E&C Shopping Centre, London SE1 6SB. All welcome.

Over the course of four days the Space and Place Research Hub is in residence at the LCC studio space in the E&C Shopping Centre. Through a series of events including workshops, talks, reading groups, performances, walks, exhibits and a conference, the hub will engage local residents, retailers, workers, school children, the Latin American community, academics, designers and artists with questions of place in the context of Elephant & Castle.

Exhibition of Beating the Bounds, Tower, Writerly Readers – open daily Wed 26. Thurs 27.  Fri 28. April, 18.00- 20.30.
Artists and designers talks and discussion Thurs 27. April 18.00 – 20.30. + Programme of events as scheduled below.

Nela Milic: BoothiqueWed 26. April, 16:00 – 20:00
The threshold of public and private space over the course of Nela’s artists’ residency in the ground floor studio off Walworth Road in 2012 became a world opener to both sides – her at home and people on the street. Nela won Southwark Community Art Award in 2015 for this project. Nela aims to use the same method by interacting with the local residents for a public reading of her book chapter offering passers-by the opportunity to engage with the hub activities. Nela will record, exhibit and talk about this experience and research into the locality. Nela Milic is an artist and senior lecturer in the Design School at London College of Communication.

Miranda Iossifidis: Space & Place Research Hub Reading Group.
Wed 26. April, 16.00 – 18.00
Miranda is facilitating a reading group to dicuss The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting by Alexander Vasudevan. All welcome. Email Miranda if you want to come along Miranda Iossifidis is a lecturer in the Design School at London College of Communication.

Nela Milic: Public reading of her chapter from Art and the City: Worlding the Discussion through a Critical Artscape, a book edited
by Jason Luger, Julie Ren and recently published by Routledge
Wed 26. April, 18.00 – 20.00

Lucy Thornett: Tower.
Wed 26. April – Fri 28. April: Site Specific Performance, 20.30 – 21.30
Tower is performed in the windows of the LCC tower building and watched from the street with binoculars. The audience will listen to a binaural recording of the performers’ movements, creating the sense of being in the same space with the performers while watching from afar. Responding to the architecture and shifting urban landscape of the city in the context of the regeneration, the performance will allow audiences a glimpse into everyday lives and intimate moments housed within the city’s towering architecture.

For Somewhere in Between, Tower will be presented as a live performance and re-presented as a video and sound installation, experimenting with the experience of the work across different formats. Bookings for the live performance are essential as capacity is extremely limited:

Lucy Thornett is an artist, scenographer and lecturer in Spatial Design at London College of Communication.

Luise Vormittag: [with Latin Elephant] Recorriendo Elephant / Walking the Elephant. Thurs 27. April 15:00 – 17:00 & Fri 28. April 16:30 – 18:30: Workshop, open to the public – all welcome.
Luise Vormittag will collaborate with ‘Latin Elephant’, the Latin American community organisation in Southwark, to design creative and critical responses to Southwark’s Planning Application Elephant and Castle Town Centre and LCC Campus at the E&C. The aim is to collectively produce visual maps that capture the current use of the shopping centre by the Latin American community and to use these outputs to engage local government representatives in debates on future urban imaginaries as well as the particular concerns of the Latin American community.

Luise Vormittag is an illustrator, designer and researcher. She lectures in Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins and is pursuing her practice-led PhD at the London College of Communication.

Eva Sajovic & Corinne Silva: Beating the Bounds [LCC Public Programme].
Thurs 27 April 17:00–18:00: Participatory walk, starts at LCC entrance, open to the public – all welcome.
Elephant & Castle doesn’t exist as a political ward, yet it exists in the imagination of people who live and work in the area. Artists Corinne Silva and Eva Sajovic invite students and members of the community to join them for a participatory walk, led by Lewis Bush and Matthew Coleman, who will show us their personal boundaries of the E&C. Beating the Bounds is an ancient English custom in which a priest and members of the community, armed with willow boughs, would beat the parish boundary markers, lest they be forgotten. This is one of several such walks organised by the artists over the past year. Material gathered will contribute to a final map containing narratives, photographs, and lines drawn by the feet of the walks’ numerous participants.

Eva Sajovic is an artist photographer, living and working in London, and teaching across UAL. Corinne Silva is is an artist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at the London College of Communication.

Vanessa Price: Writerly ReadersFri 28. April 09.15 – 16.00:
Workshop with Oasis South Bank Academy, Lambeth.
Vanessa’s research project Writerly Readers discusses the role of graphic design in presenting and mediating the visual narratives of inner city regeneration and was first presented at the ‘Semiotics & Visual Communication: Culture of Seduction Conference’ in Cyprus in 2015. Vanessa’s paper Writerly Readers: Semiotics at the Elephant and Castle (2016) uses practical design workshops that have taken place at LCC over the last five years to question the role of graphic design in the consumption and display of the spectacle city. For the shopping centre residency Vanessa and LCC Outreach are hosting a workshop with school students from the Oasis South Bank Academy in Lambeth to explore word and image responses to the redevelopment at the Elephant & Castle.

Vanessa Price is graphic design researcher, educator and Lead Tutor in Postgraduate Studies on MA Graphic Media Design within the Design School at London College of Communication.

Somewhere in Between: Borders and Borderlands.
Saturday 29. April 9:00 – 17:00
Somewhere in Between: Borders and Borderlands is a conference organized by the Interdisciplinary Research Foundation, London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and the Space and Place Research Hub, LCC, University of the Arts, London.

The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting by Alexander Vasudevan

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A radical history of squatting and the struggle for the right to remake the city
The Autonomous City is the first popular history of squatting as practised in Europe and North America. Alex Vasudevan retraces the struggle for housing in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Detroit, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Milan, New York, and Vancouver. He looks at the organisation of alternative forms of housing—from Copenhagen’s Freetown Christiana to the squats of the Lower East Side—as well as the official response, including the recent criminalisation of squatting, the brutal eviction of squatters and their widespread vilification.

Pictured as a way to reimagine and reclaim the city, squatting offers an alternative to housing insecurity, oppressive property speculation and the negative effects of urban regeneration. We must, more than ever, reanimate and remake the urban environment as a site of radical social transformation.