Category: London

The London project investigates ‘scarcities’ and the role of creativity in the production of the built environment. It aims to reveal and understand local, situated ecologies-actors, networks, flows, systems-within the urban context, and to use creativity to make this information accessible to the public. The project team will collaborate with communities and selected experts to suggest enhancements to urban ecologies through the redeployment of existing resources, rather than through the addition of more resources or the design of new equipment.

AD on Scarcity is now out

Jon Goodbun, Jeremy Till and Deljana Iossifova of the London team have edited a special issue of Wiley's Architectural Design (AD): Scarcity - Architecture in an age of depleting resources., which is now available for purchase at bookshops and online. Leading thinkers and inspiring practitioners are among the contributors, including Erik Swyngedouw,  Ezio Manzini, Kate Soper, Jeremy Till, Rob Hopkins, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, ...

Ten Theses on Scarcity

In November 2011 the whole team retreated to a former monastery in the Austrian countryside and spent four days brainstorming the structure and content of our collective book on scarcity. The process was lively and productive, helped by evening meals of wild boar and dumpling. The first airing of the result of this collective endeavour was a talk entitled "Ten ...

SCIBE at the London Occupation

The SCIBE London team will be presenting their work at the Occupy London 'Tent City University". This University, run out of a tent on the steps of St Pauls Cathedral sets out to challenge notions of authority in education - saying that anyone can listen and anyone can talk. The SCIBE team will be presenting a provisional version of Ten ...

London goes global

The London team are spreading their wings in June. Deljana Iossifova has been invited to join the debate at Richard Florida's Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto. She will be participating in their Experience the Creative Economy event from 21-24 June 2011, and presenting a paper: Creativity under conditions of scarcity in the production of the built environment in ...

Scarcity Exchange Video and Podcasts

The wonderful Scarcity Exchanges are now over, but we have brought together the links to the various podcasts and videocasts in one place here. Dougald Hind and Andrew Sims Economies of Scarcity VIDEO / PODCAST Alfredo Brillembourg and David Satterthwaite Cities of Scarcity VIDEO / PODCAST Ed Van Hinte and Steve Broome Scarcity and Consumption VIDEO / PODCAST Iain Boal and Lyla Metha Concepts of Scarcity VIDEO / PODCAST Saskia Sassen Fabricating Scarcities VIDEO / PODCAST

Drifting in Bromley-by-Bow

One of the basic situationist practices is the dérive [literally: “drifting”], a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances. Dérives involve playful-constructive behavior and awareness of psychogeographical effects, and are thus quite different from the classic notions of journey or stroll.(Guy-Ernest Debord) On a cold and rainy day in February, equipped with cameras and notepads, the London team took to Bromley-by-Bow ...

Scarcity Exchanges: Line-up

Scarcity Exchanges brings together some extraordinary speakers around a single, and very pressing, issue. It will open up the discussion as to what scarcity might mean, and its social, economic, and environmental implications. 11 May 2011: Economies of Scarcity Dougald Hine and Andrew Simms 18 May 2011: Cities of Scarcity Alfredo Brillembourg and David Satterthwaite 25 May 2011: Scarcity and Consumption Ed van Hinte and Steve ...

Scarcity Exchanges

The London team will be hosting a series of discussions, the  Scarcity Exchanges, which bring together some extraordinary speakers around a single, and very pressing, issue. That resources are diminishing is a commonplace, but scarcity is about much more than the destruction of our natural resource base: it is a socially and economically constructed condition that affects us all,  and will ...

Thinker-out-of-residence

We are delighted that the brilliant Dougald Hine is now attached to the London team as thinker-out-of-residence. Public thinker and social activator, Dougald was already on to thinking about scarcity in this overview of some of the key texts. Dougald will be acting as critical friend and provocateur to the group.

Mapping Urban Ecologies

The London team will work with a community in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (Bromley-by-Bow) on the optimisation of key resource cycles affected by scarcity. Bromley-by-Bow (BBB), surrounded by highways and railway lines, is London’s most deprived ward and one of the most deprived wards in the UK (based on the Index of Deprivation, 2007). It is characterised by ...