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Author meets the critics: Community-Led Regeneration, by Pablo Sendra and Daniel Fitzpatrick

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Community-Led Regeneration: A Toolkit for Residents and Planners
Pablo Sendra and Daniel Fitzpatrick
UCL Press, 2020.

Through seven London case studies of communities opposing social housing demolition and proposing alternative community-led plans, the book brings together a toolkit of planning mechanisms and other strategies outside of planning that residents and planners working with communities can use to resist demolition and propose community-led schemes. These strategies include the use of formal planning instruments but are also accompanied by sustained campaigning and activism, forms of citizen-led design, and alternative proposals for the management and ownership of housing by communities themselves. The book targets a very diverse audience: from planning professionals and scholars working with communities to housing activists and residents resisting the demolition of their neighbourhoods and proposing their own plans.

Dr Pablo Sendra is Lecturer in Planning and Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (UCL). He combines his academic career with professional practice in urban design. He is co-founder of the urban design practice Lugadero, which has recently run a co-design process for two public spaces in Wimbledon, London. He is also co-founder of Civicwise, a network that works on civic engagement and collaborative urbanism. He develops action research projects and radical teaching in collaboration with community groups and activists in London. At UCL, he is the Acting Director of the MSc in Urban Design and City Planning programme, the coordinator of the Civic Design CPD Course and the Deputy Leader of the Urban Design Research Group.

Dr Daniel Fitzpatrick finished his PhD in Planning Studies at the Bartlett School of Planning UCL in 2017, investigating mutual housing models in London and their governance. Since then he has been a researcher at the Bartlett looking at formal and informal practices of estate regeneration and collective housing. He continues to tutor on planning, urban design, housing and governance issues. He originally studied Physics and Philosophy, graduating in 2000 from Durham University, before going on to complete an MSc in Environmental Studies at the University of East Anglia in 2001. He has worked in India, Italy, Cuba, Chile, Nepal, and London, working on projects at different scales - from international development to regeneration and within local government. He was a partner of Variant Office between 2014 and 2018.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Pablo Sendra University College London 10
Panelist Julie Clark University of the West of Scotland 10
Panelist Joe Penny 10
Panelist Philip Hubbard King's College London 10
Discussant Pablo Sendra University College London 15

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