Community planning handbook - 2nd edition launch
Nick Wates launched the second edition of his community planning handbook at the Princes Foundation on April 30 2014, and I talked there to Nick and a group of friends about developments in the field over the past 30 years. It was a chance to meet up with Charles Knevitt, who with Nick co-authored the influential 1987 Community Architecture book, and with Jon Aldenton, who was director of the Tower Hamlets Environment Trust, later The Environment Trust. I helped set up the Tower Hamlets Trust with a contract from the then Greater London Council in1978, and later helped Nick set up the Hastings Trust, where he became director. I discovered that Jon is now development officer in Hastings. Suzanne Gorman was able to give us an up to date perspective on community-based planning and development, as board member of the East London Community Land Trust - the first of its kind in London.
The Community Planning Handbook http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781844074907/
Construction starts at London's first community land trust http://www.citizensuk.org/2014/03/construction-starts-at-londons-first-community-land-trust-site/
Dropping into conversations about community architecture, 25 years on http://socialreporter.com/?p=2559