LFA 2016

We are participating in the LFA on the 27th of June with a panel discussion, looking at the basics of how a community can be either ‘enabled’ or ‘disabled’ from the outset.

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The 2016 London Festival of Architecture (LFA) celebrates London as a global hub of architecture. The theme of the London Festival of Architecture 2016 is “Community”, and the festival aims to connect with as many people as possible to demonstrate architecture’s relevance to London and its diverse communities. The festival programme features exhibitions and events organised by London’s leading architectural, cultural and academic institutions alongside architects, designers, curators and community groups from around the UK.

www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org; #LFA2016; @LFArchitecturefacebook.com/LondonFestivalofArchitecture


Everyone is still talking about Garden Cities, but what do they mean by a “garden city” and how could such a place be financed?

The New Garden Cities Alliance has embraced the United Nations goals of communities being socially, economically and ecological sustainable and is a building a consensual accreditation for garden cities\towns\villages\suburbs.

This panel brings together leading thinkers in the area, to look at how places can be community-led to make a place socially, economically and ecologically sustainable.

On the panel will be:

Shann Turnbull (International Institute for Self-governance)
Shann is an international economist and one of pioneers in the field of corporate governance. When the Thatcher government considered selling council homes one of those they turned to for advice was Shann. He suggested selling the homes but mutualising the land. That advice wasn’t followed. Shann presents his paper “How might the funding of infrastructure from land taxes affect housing affordability?” which can be accessed here.

Phillip Blond (Respublica)
Phillip is an internationally recognised political thinker and social and economic commentator. He bridges the gap between politics and practice, offering strategic consultation and policy formation to governments, businesses and organisations across the world. He founded ResPublica in 2009 and is an academic, journalist and author. Prior to entering politics and public policy, he was a senior lecturer in theology and philosophy, teaching at the Universities of Exeter and Cumbria. He is the author of Red Tory (Faber and Faber 2010), which sought to redefine the centre ground of British politics around the ideas of civil association, mutual ownership and shared enterprise.

Nicholas Boys-Smith (Create Streets)
Nicholas is the founding director of Create Streets. He is the author or ‘Heart in the Right Street’ and member of the Government’s Housing Design and Estate Regeneration Panels. He is a Research Fellow of the University of Buckingham and a Commissioner of Historic England. He has led multiple community engagement and urban design research projects and has been described by the Architects’ Journal as a “leading figure” on issues to do with the built environment.

Deborah Garvie (Shelter)
Shelter needs no introduction as an advocate for the supply of affordable housing. Shelter was one of the runners up in the Wolfson Prize in 2014 on Garden Cities.

Jennifer Line (Building and Social Housing Foundation BSHF)
The BSHF are both international thought leaders in community-led housing and administrators of the prestigious World Habitat Awards.

Alice Martin (New Economics Foundation)
The NEF is one of the UK’s leading think tanks promoting social, economic and environmental justice. Alice is a researcher at the economics and finance team and responsible for housing.


Philip Ross (New Garden Cities Alliance)
Philip is the former Mayor of Letchworth Garden City and co-author of the book 21st Century Garden Cities of to-morrow. He is also a member of the BSi committee on sustainable communities and smart cities. He is the chairman of the New Garden Cities Alliance.


The venue

Ace of Clubs is a family-like community providing transformative support for those who are homeless, vulnerable and otherwise marginalised in the local area.

At their centre on St Alphonsus Road they provide for the immediate needs of those in desperate circumstances with safe shelter, food, warmth, clothing, laundry and showers.

From this welcoming start, and through friendly and genuine care, they seek to build relationship with people.

The team at Ace of Clubs is skilled and focused in linking people in with a wide range of services including accommodation, welfare, rehab, training, healthcare and many others.

Ace of Clubs is a place where those who are alone can find acceptance, a sense of belonging and renewed purpose to see their lives restored.

A few of the highlights from last year were that they provided 20,000 meals, helped 92 people off the streets and into accommodation and 36 people into rehabilitation from addiction.

At the moment they are helping between 80 and 100 people per day. The number of people coming to them for help has more than doubled over the last year due to the recession, job losses and a severe increase in homelessness. Government cuts to public services is meaning more and more people depending on Ace of Clubs to see their lives turned around.

The Event

The Event will run till about 8pm with the remaining time for networking.

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27 JUNE 2016 from 18:00 – 21:00



Please see here for booking details and further information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/homes-and-land-how-to-establish-self-financing-garden-cities-tickets-25797898208

The event is kindly sponsored by:


Ace of Clubs


Bright Forest Limited


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