Exploring the Commons imaginary

19 – 23 May 2013 
Clapton, the River Lea and the Hackney Marshes

Beyond the Bounds: our neighbourhoods and streets

Beating the bounds:  ritual for commoners to mark the boundaries of common land that guaranteed their rights of access.
Beyond the bounds: the commons imaginary extends beyond the spaces designated as Commons along the tributaries of our streets, waterways, and neighbourhoods.

Rivers and canals:
our waterways in the Commons imaginary

Realities on living on water: community building on the waterways, ecological footprint of narrowboat living, rights of access and legal frameworks and the revolving doors of our waterways management.

The Commons in the shadow of the Olympics


Our spaces in a post Olympics London: getting in the way.
Re-branding the nature reserves, growing spaces, urban woodlands, playing fields, towpaths.
The changing landscapes of East London: the promise and spectre of wholesale change.

Commons in the community : Community in the commons

Post welfare urban space and new forms of active citizenship
Public sector housing and gentrification. The localism bill and the reshaping of the high street.


These events and workshops were for the Unigrowcity EU participants connecting to local community May 2013.