Goodbye London Exhibition, Berlin, 2010

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Presentation given by Nick Wates at the NGBK gallery in Berlin on 3 August 2010 with the title 'Strategies for the street: The work of art after the age of Mechanical reproduction'. Compares London's Tolmers Square squatting community in the 1970s with a recent community planning programme in Castleford, Yorkshire.

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Goodbye London Exhibition, Berlin, 2010

  1. 1. Strategies for the street The work of art after the age of Mechanical reproduction  Nick Wates Housing activist /community planning consultant  NGBK, Berlin, 3 August 2010 
  2. 2. 1974
  3. 3. Bexhill Lap arrow 2009
  4. 4. Tea and cakes 1974 1974
  5. 5. 1974
  6. 6. 2009
  7. 7. For me, this was the birthplace of community 1974 architecture and community planning.
  8. 8. 2003
  9. 9. The Castleford Project  2003 9 
  10. 10. Regeneration centre  2003 10 
  11. 11. Regeneration centre    Focus for regeneration effort   Hub for meetings, workshops, art and heritage exhibitions 11 
  12. 12. Open house interactive exhibition  12 
  13. 13. Designers Day    Designers presented   Community asked questions and later voted to select designers for each project 13 
  14. 14. Visioning the big picture event    5 towns including Pontefract and Castleford   Held in marquee – 5 days   Set overall agenda 14 
  15. 15. Visioning project 1: The Green    Tired 19th century park   Vandalised and underused   Workshop with post it boards with school children 15 
  16. 16. Visioning project 2: Riverside    Underused river and canal through town   pub workshop   walkabout 18 
  17. 17. Visioning project 3: Cutsyke    Peripheral residential area   Playpark   Workshop in local community centre 22 
  18. 18. Visioning project 4: Town centre    Retail hub   Market   Pedestrian underpass   Street survey   Street stall 25 
  19. 19. Visioning project 5: Fryston    Isolated residential community   Potential for new housing   Planning for Real 29 
  20. 20. Visioning project 6: Wilson St    Central area Victorian terraces   Mapping   Workshop in working men’s club 32 
  21. 21. Lol Coxhill in a skip Concept Simon Thackray. Produced by The Shed. Photo: Tony Bartholomew
  22. 22. Reconnaissance for designers  2003
  23. 23. 1970s
  24. 24. 1970s
  25. 25. 1970s
  26. 26. 1970s
  27. 27. 1970s
  28. 28. 1970s
  29. 29. 1970s
  30. 30. 1970s
  31. 31. 1970s
  32. 32. 1970s
  33. 33. Definition  Community Planning = ‘Planning carried out with the active participation of the end users.’ (Community Planning Website) 46
  34. 34. Definition  Community Planning = ‘Planning carried out with the active participation of the end users.’ (Community Planning Handbook, 2000) 47
  35. 35. Global resource  Launched 2001 48
  36. 36. Thoughts  •  Housing activism to community planning •  Not revolutionary but interesting historical evolution •  The art of activism – communicating what you believe and immediately
  37. 37. Thanks for  organising this  Thanks for   invi,ng me here  Thanks for  listening  Nick Wates Associates   Crea@ve Media Centre, 45  Robertson Street, Has@ngs TN34  1HL   01424 205446  nick@nickwates.co.uk  www.nickwates.co.uk  www.communityplanning.net  50 

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