ASF-UK concludes successful short course for Citizens UK, ‘Reclaiming Regeneration: Tools and Tactics for Community-led Development’ in East London November 17, 2016
On 26th October 2016, ASF-UK held the last of their four evening workshops which formed a short course on community-led planning for members of TELCO (The East London Communities Organisation), a local chapter of Citizens UK. The course was entitled ‘Reclaiming Regeneration: tools and tactics for community-led development’, and was developed to boost the knowledge and capacity of four communities in East London who are experiencing large-scale urban regeneration projects within their neighbourhoods.
The course was based on ASF-UK’s Change by Design methodology and aimed to provide an introduction to relevant professional terms and processes that the participants will be engaging with going forward. Each workshop explored a different theme such as: the importance of briefing documents, the role of master plans in the planning and design process, options for self-provided housing, and policy frameworks relevant to community-led development. The ASF-UK team facilitated a variety of group activities and lively discussions, which enabled the workshop participants to unpack the many issues raised and to relate them to their own experience.
The sessions were held in Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham, all of which are areas that are seeing dramatic changes to their built environment. Each neighbourhood was used as a case study for one of the workshops, with local residents discussing the positive and negative factors of the regeneration processes that are affecting them. Using a range of action-planning tools, the community groups worked together to generate ideas and solutions that would help them to influence future development within their local areas.
The case studies from the series of workshops will form part of a pamphlet or short report capturing the course activities and outcomes.
ASF-UK and TELCO (London Citizens) are developing a long-term programmatic partnership and aim to continue to collaborate on future activities regarding strategic issues and projects in London.
Reclaiming Regeneration: Tools and tactics for community-led development was an initiative by ASF-UK’s Change by Design programme in partnership with Citizens UK / The East London Communities Organisation (TELCO), with the support of the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London and Sheffield School of Architecture, University of Sheffield. The course was run by ASF-UK Associates Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Katie Cairns, Beatrice De Carli and Sophie Morley.