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Good deeds, smallest evils or pacts with the devil?: A series of workshops investigating how ‘cultural’ and ‘creative’ work is tied up in processes of urban regeneration

Workshop 3

Saturday 26 April, 10am-3:00pm

Instant ‘Community’ versus Long-term Involvement

This session will focus on the significance of time, duration, process and different understandings of ‘community’ for artists’ and architects’ involvement within regeneration agendas.

Regeneration is often understood as nominally for the improvement of people’s lives but often in fact exists as a strategy of capital accumulation, benefitting from the exacerbation of existing and new inequalities and oppressions. Who is involved in leading and shaping regeneration processes, for how long, and with what influence are significant questions. This session aims to establish what the differences are between superficial consultation, participation, and collaboration and to discuss whether there is a merit in short, symbolic or exemplary projects as instigators for real change. It will also try and investigate whether there is an actual relationship between duration and the types of change occurring and whether time is an important unit of measurement in this context or just conveniently quantifiable within feedback loops of policy development, commissioning and project reporting.

Presentations by the following six practitioners from the fields of art, architecture, and theory will set off the debate:

Southwark Notes (blog/activist-research group), Martyn Evans (marketing and creative director of The

Cathedral Group), Harry Weeks (University of Edinburgh), WochenKlausur (artist group),

Will Anderson (MPhil candidate)

Please book a free ticket:


The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design                                                                

Central House, 4th floor
59-63 Whitechapel High Street
E1 7PF

Good deeds… is curated by Luke Cooke-Yarborough and Julika Gittner supported by Cambridge Design Research Studio (University of Cambridge).The venue is kindly provided by The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design (London Metropolitan University)    

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