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February 2018

Charles Campion speaks at Council of Europe

In November Charles Campion attended the Council of Europe Intercultural Cities 2017 Milestone Event in Lisbon to speak about Collaborative Placemaking and Community Land Trusts (CLTs).

Focusing on the award-winning project, St Clement’s in Bow, East London he explained the effectiveness of collaborative planning processes in engaging people from all backgrounds and cultures, and discussed how CLTs can deliver truly affordable homes for local communities.

The Council of Europe Intercultural Cities programme supports cities in reviewing their policies to help them manage diversity positively and realise the diversity advantage. Interculturalism is a term which is gaining wider usage partly in credit to scholars Ted Cantle and Ricard Zapata-Barrero, who see socio-economically mixed communities as an inclusive approach to placemaking, an alternative to multiculturalist policies that have often resulted in socio-economic isolation.

Participants at the conference included Mayors, European, regional and national officials in the field of inclusion/integration and other stakeholders active in the intercultural integration field. The programme offered talks and workshops on innovative models of governance, social inclusion policies and the provision of social services.

You can read about the Council of Europe Milestone event here

Learn more about St. Clement’s here

Corridors of Freedom

On the 17 January, UCL Bartlett hosted a second event in London as part of its Large Scale Urban Development series. This time it was a unique opportunity to compare one of London’s opportunity area developments (Old Oak & Park Royal) with international projects of a similar scale.

Of particular interest, was the work of the Johannesburg City Council to radically address inequality through transport oriented interventions.

“It is officially recognised that apartheid spatial planning has left the City with sprawling low-density areas without viable public transport systems. The majority of working class and poor citizens are still living on the fringes of the city and have to commute over long distances to access work and economic opportunities.”
– Johannesburg City Council

The City Council used a wide range of participatory planning and consultation methods and employed non-technical drawing techniques to communicate ideas and themes to the public and encourage involvement.

Herman Pienaar (Director, City Transformation and Spatial Planning for the City of Johannesburg) presented a fascinating walkthrough of their public consultation processes. He described the complexities of Johannesburg and how government funding was crucial to land acquisition along key roadways into the centre of the city. These “corridors”, as they see it, are a means to get people from poor communities in the suburbs to their jobs in the core. This is also a way to encourage social mixing, getting black and white people to use the same transportation systems and the same services within the city.

“There will be a clean break with apartheid spatial distribution and people living on the periphery will be able to move closer to economic opportunities. The shape of the future City will consist of well-planned transport arteries – the “Corridors of Freedom”
– Johannesburg City Council

More on the Corridors of Freedom project can be found here