inura 2006 essen

Writing from the annual meeting of INURA at Essen in the Ruhrgebiet. Sitting in the garden of the house where we are meeting – a garden with wi-fi and fireflies at night. It’s a residential centre for youth activity (and I am scarcely youthful enough to climb the 3m ladder to my sleeping balcony each … Continue reading “inura 2006 essen”

Writing from the annual meeting of INURA at Essen in the Ruhrgebiet. Sitting in the garden of the house where we are meeting – a garden with wi-fi and fireflies at night. It’s a residential centre for youth activity (and I am scarcely youthful enough to climb the 3m ladder to my sleeping balcony each night). It is so interesting to see the residues of industrial capitalism and social democracy in this region – the scattered settlements separated by forstes and hills, the grimness of the industrial history sanitised by disuse and forest… wonderful public transport and other public infrastructure……

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Radicalising UK planning

June 20: how to get British planning more critical Went to an interesting meeting in Oxford called by Tim Marshall and Huw Thomas to consider how to counter the shift of UK planning to the right. Good discussion and decisions about how to extend and develop the network and resources/support people trying to take a … Continue reading “Radicalising UK planning”

June 20: how to get British planning more critical
Went to an interesting meeting in Oxford called by Tim Marshall and Huw Thomas to consider how to counter the shift of UK planning to the right. Good discussion and decisions about how to extend and develop the network and resources/support people trying to take a more critical/left line. Partly university people, partly practitioners – and only about half of them were people I knew (the oldest ones) which is good. More to follow about this for sure.

London Plan "early revisions" on housing

Two days June 13 and 15 spent in the Examination in Public of the housing alterations to the London Plan, one day on behalf of the London Social Forum and the other (with Una Sapietis and Marian Larragy) on behalf of King’s Cross Railway lands Group….

Two days June 13 and 15 spent in the Examination in Public of the housing alterations to the London Plan, one day on behalf of the London Social Forum and the other (with Una Sapietis and Marian Larragy) on behalf of King’s Cross Railway lands Group….

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Does north London "regeneration" help justify CTRL?

The Guardian on 4 May 2006 published an article summarising a parliamentary committe report under the headline MPs criticise slow start to Britain’s fastest railway line as costs mount. I felt impelled to write to the Guardian and protest because the article argued that “regeneration” benefits in North London might be the saving grace of … Continue reading “Does north London "regeneration" help justify CTRL?”

The Guardian on 4 May 2006 published an article summarising a parliamentary committe report under the headline MPs criticise slow start to Britain’s fastest railway line as costs mount. I felt impelled to write to the Guardian and protest because the article argued that “regeneration” benefits in North London might be the saving grace of the project. The letter I wrote was as follows…

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Dario Fo for mayor of Milano

I just came back at 2345h from the best event I was ever at – apart from demonstrations perhaps. Dario Fo is standing for election in the primaries for mayor of Milano and held a rally today, one week before the voting. It was in the mazda palace – a huge place a bit like … Continue reading “Dario Fo for mayor of Milano”

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I just came back at 2345h from the best event I was ever at – apart from demonstrations perhaps. Dario Fo is standing for election in the primaries for mayor of Milano and held a rally today, one week before the voting. It was in the mazda palace – a huge place a bit like Wembley Arena out near the S Cirio stadium, holding about 7000 people and it was full. He’s a candidate of a “Civil List” or red / green people but not directly parties.
http://www.dariofo.it/

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Istanbul

In Istanbul with 157 students and such a great staff team – it gets better and better. I hope is being good for the students and certainly many seem hugely stimulated though it is easy to be rose-tinted. Today, by that wonderful tendency of modern networking, we made contact with Orhan Esen, Teresa and I … Continue reading “Istanbul”

In Istanbul with 157 students and such a great staff team – it gets better and better. I hope is being good for the students and certainly many seem hugely stimulated though it is easy to be rose-tinted. Today, by that wonderful tendency of modern networking, we made contact with Orhan Esen, Teresa and I spent some time with him and we are having a talk from him on Tuesday morning – our last day.

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China / exchange rate

Today’s papers report that the people’s republic has announced that it will re-consider putting all its reserves (growing at USD 15bn / month) into USD securities. This seems very important and could really…..

Today’s papers report that the people’s republic has announced that it will re-consider putting all its reserves (growing at USD 15bn / month) into USD securities. This seems very important and could really…..

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Magnaghi territorio book in English

This just came through the mail: Magnaghi, Alberto (2005) The Urban Village: a charter for democracy and local self-sustainable development London, Zed, GBP18.95 paper, 1 84277 581 2, ( Il progetto locale originally, 2000) Quick look….

This just came through the mail: Magnaghi, Alberto (2005) The Urban Village: a charter for democracy and local self-sustainable development London, Zed, GBP18.95 paper, 1 84277 581 2, ( Il progetto locale originally, 2000)

Quick look….

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