Bartlett students play crucial role in JustSpace Recovery Plan for London
31 January 2022
Bartlett students have been playing a crucial role in the production of the JustSpace Recovery Plan for London - an innovation in plan making by the network of community groups through the Covid-19 pandemic.
In lieu of in person meetings, the network has produced a completely new kind of planning document through many small workshops. Some of these workshops have been thematic, some cross-cutting, and all have been facilitated with support from BSP volunteer students, drawing on earlier work by DPU students. The work began in 2020 and will continue beyond the publication of the Recovery Plan in February 2022, through to implantation and dissemination.
In the first of a series of meetings in the School of Planning, six students presented summaries of their work and reflections on the process in January and more such meetings will follow.
The thrust of the Recovery Plan is that London planning has to change from being led by developer interests to being led by the concept of the caring city to rectify the major injustices caused or revealed by the pandemic while also addressing the crises of climate and nature.
Other Planning students are supporting community activity in Barking Riverside Opportunity Area and preparing alternative plans for Hackney Central; others again have ben helping Just Space groups across London marshall their experiences to feed in to a scrutiny by the London Assembly. Details posted on UCLjustspace.wordpress.com.