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Ours or theirs? Who owns London?

More and more of ‘public’ London is becoming private. Is that a problem or a brave new world?

More and more of the London we consider public – the streets, the spaces, the services – is becoming private. Is that a problem – or a brave new world?

Panelists include:

Anna Minton is a writer and journalist and Reader in Architecture at the University of East London (UEL). Anna’s book Ground Controlemerged from a series of agenda setting reports, two of which were published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the other by the think tank Demos. The first focused on gated communities and ghettoes in the US, questioning to what extent these trends are emerging in the UK.

John Rogers has worked on numerous projects with comedian Russell Brand and directed documentaries including The London Perambulator and Make Your Own Damn Art: the World of Bob and Roberta Smith. He is the author of This Other London: Adventures in the Overlooked City.

Rab Harling is a London-based contemporary artist who specialises in experimental, large-format photography and sculptural installations. His practice investigates the social occupation of space, from the urban landscape to domestic interiors, focusing on how people construct a sense of place, and how the design of built environments reflect and actively produce particular social configurations and political ideologies.


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Date and Time:

27 January 2016 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



Camden People's Theatre
58-60 Hampstead Road
020 7419 4841
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From 11-30 January 2016, Camden People’s Theatre presents Whose London Is It Anyway?, a festival of theatre, performance and discussion exploring the changing face of our capital city. In the run-up to the May 2016 mayoral election, this unique event explores London’s housing crisis, the impact of “regeneration”, the privatising of public space, and the experience of living in Europe’s only megacity.

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