Saturday 1 Nov : 1 – 5pm : FREE “Our relationship to the built environment is perhaps the most crucial element to the quality of community life.”

Free discussions bringing together representatives of community & activist groups – including local groups from Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and Manchester – to share their experiences of community-based engagement in the planning processes of urban regeneration and the built environment.

A strong dimension connecting the diverse groups is their shared concerns for community video as a basis for connecting people.

Mark Saunders The Spectacle, Martin Slavin Games Monitor, Nick Durie Glasgow Residents Network, Carl Taylor Hackney Independent, Libby Porter Planners Network UK, Neil Gray Variant, Jonathon Atkinson Open Manchester, Anthony Iles Mute.



Organised by Variant affinity group

2 thoughts on “Resisting Regenicide: Struggles in the City

  1. Hi there,

    Once you’ve boned up on the theory on 1 November, we’d be delighted to welcome you at the former Clouston Street playing fields on 15 November for a bit of practical application. We’re having a clean-up starting at 11am as part of a new campaign to the turn the former playing fields into a community-run green space.

    More information on our web site at http://www.northkelvinmeadow.com

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    PROGRAMME: 1.00-5.00 CCA

    Welcome – brief intro (10-15 mins).

    FILM: ‘The Occupation’ (London Particular, 15 mins)

    Anthony Iles – Discussing the broad context of regeneration in the east of London, framing regeneration discourses surrounding the Olympic Games (10-15 mins)

    FILM: ‘The Fog of Games: Legacy, Land grabs and Liberty’ (Mark Saunders 15 mins)

    Mark Saunders – Discussing clays land and gentrification, and displacement in the Olympic Games (10-15 mins)

    Martin Slavin – More on the Olympic Games and the work of the Games Monitor website in particular (15 mins)

    FILM: ‘Five Rings’ (excerpts from the DVD 10 mins)

    BREAK 15 MINS.

    Jonathon Atkinson – Neo-liberal city: the legacy of the 2003 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and the response of activists. (10-15 mins)

    FILM: ‘M74: Heading in the Wrong Direction’ (Neil Gray, excerpts 5-10 mins)

    Neil Gray – Discussing the broad context of regeneration in Glasgow, including the east of Glasgow and the Commonwealth Games (10-15 mins)

    Libby Porter – the role of planning in the regeneration process leading up to the Commonwealth Games, and the possibilities for constructive forms of collective action (10-15 mins)

    BREAK 10 MINS.

    ROUND TABLE – discussion about the possibilities for collective action in regeneration struggles, with particular emphasis on the dramatic shift of economic context wrought by the ‘credit crunch’ .




    Mark Saunders (Spectacle)

    Mark Saunders, a film-maker, writer and activist, will be showing some work in progress extracts from Spectacle’s film on the London Olympics. Spectacle is an independent television production company specialising in documentary and community-led investigative journalism.

    Martin Slavin (Games Monitor)

    Games Monitor is a network of people raising awareness about issues within the London Olympic development processes. The network operates with an open, dynamic principle, and functions as a discussion forum, research body, press and political lobby. Martin Slavin is a writer and activist associated with the site.

    Libby Porter (Planners Network UK)

    Planners Network UK (pnuk) is an organisation seeking to establish a network to support critical thinking about the current state of planning in the UK. Libby Porter is a lecturer in the department of Urban Studies at Glasgow University assocaited with PNUK. Her interests include urban regeneration and urban sustainability.
    http://www.pnuk.org.uk/ and

    Neil Gray (Variant magazine)

    Variant Magazine makes lateral links across media in both a local and international context and examines how this manifests itself in visual, intellectual and social cultures. Neil Gray is a writer, researcher and film-maker associated with Variant.

    Anthony Iles (Mute magazine)

    Mute magazine is an online magazine dedicated to exploring culture and politics after the net. Anthony Iles is a writer and researcher associated with Mute, the Broadway Occupation, and Games Monitor.

    Jonathon Atkinson (Urban Research Collective)

    Jonathon Atkinson is associated with The Urban Research Collective, a new project based in Manchester which provides a framework for associate researchers and activists to explore and engage in urban scenarios, which: increase the participation of the citizen in governance; challenge economic and power inequalities within cities; aid the process of social change; incorporate the highest levels of environmental sustainability; and promote co-operation in all aspects.


    ALSO see:




    ‘The Occupation’ (The London Particular, 2001, 15 mins)

    A short, very precise film about social cleansing and recolonisation in London’s East End: “In the name of inner city rebirth and renewal, regeneration gives us state-sponsored gentrification and an intensified attack on the working class. It obscures its true objectives behind a dense and proliferating fog of quangos, agencies, partnerships, and funding bodies. Unaccountable and untransparent, they collectively dictate the new shape of the city through a pseudo-democratic discourse of consultation and participation.”

    ‘Five Ring Circus’ (Conrad Schmidt, 2007, excerpts)

    The “Five Ring Circus” exposes a side to the Vancouver Olympics which has not been revealed before. This film shows how this three week event is changing Vancouver forever. Find out what mayors, activists and residents think of the 2010 olympic games. With three years to go before the games, this documentary examines how the commitments to environmental, social and economic sustainability have not been kept and how the preparations for the games are affecting diverse communities

    ‘M74: Heading in the Wrong Direction’ (Neil Gray, 2006, excerpts)

    The M74 motorway in the Southside of Glasgow is the largest and most expensive road project in Britain: A five-mile concrete monster on stilts. Through lyrical yet horrifying imagery, this film documents the existential nightmare of living by a motorway; and borrowing from past experience in Glasgow, questions and challenges the proposed re-shaping of urban space in an area already blighted by previous planning travesties.

    ‘The Fog of Games: Legacy, Land grabs and Liberty’ Mark Saunders, Spectacle 2008, excerpts).

    In the Fog of Games the first victim is the truth. The Olympics, like other sporting spectaculars, are only brief and transitory television events that disguise and justify Mega projects of vast urban restructuring that permanently distort our cities for the benefit of a few business interests . The common features of these Mega projects are unprecedented land grabs, the peddling of myths of “regeneration” and “legacy” benefits for the host community, the sweeping away of democratic structures and planning restraints, the transfer of public money into private hands and “information management” to hid truths and silence of critics.


    Organised by Variant affinity group and The Forum

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