Critical article on planning history of Northampton by ‘Jones the Planner’ http://www.jonestheplanner.co.uk/2011/06/future-is-northampton.html passed on by Owen Hatherley. Full of scenes from my childhood. I have added some stuff to it now he has turned the commenting on.
More urgent and important, we had a very rewarding conference of the Just Space Network with academics and students from the Urban Salon (a network of London univ geographers, planners etc) on Thursday. Many good short talks by activists. It seems we did achieve something more than simply showing that there was opposition. Some details posted already at http://justspace2010.wordpress.com and more to come. Dave Hill says the Plan is finally being published on 15 July so we’ll see whether Boris’s chaps have paid any attention to the panel report. We did well on challenging ‘urban regeneration’ and the Gypsies and Travellers got much of what they wanted. Julienne Chen who contributed so much last year, came specially from Amsterdam. A main aim was to work out better forms for collaboration and support from/with universities, and there is a ‘prototocol’ in draft + proposals for new seminars and a new module at UCL. The atmosphere was very like an INURA meeting.