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TINAG 2009 Festival on Urbanism in East London, England, UK: Architecture Information

1 Sep 2009

This is Not a Gateway

This Is Not A Gateway announces dates for 2009 festival on urbanism

23-25 Oct 2009, London

75% of the global population is expected to live in cities by 2050. What effect will this increase have on our relationship to the urban environment? How will the growth of megacities and massive urbanised regions change the way we live? And how can urban activists, academics, commentators and the public enter into this debate?

Addressing these ideas, this year’s ‘This is Not a Gateway Festival’ offers over 60 events themed around the idea of the city and the ways in which we interact, analysis and shape our urban environment. The annual festival will take place in the Kobi Nazrul Centre and Hanbury Hall, Hanbury Street, Spitalfields, London over 3 days from 23-25 October 2009.

2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall and with this in mind This is Not a Gateway (TINAG) pays special attention to the issues of building and re-building in former Communist eastern bloc countries.

Maison-monument, Bouzloudja, Bulgaria
photograph : Alexander Ivanov

An exhibition by photographer, Nikola Mihov entitled “Forgotten Past”, documents the most important Communist monuments built in Bulgaria between 1948 and 1989 whilst TRACE Project explores the heritage value of the commemorative architectural complexes from the Socialist period. Joanna Erbel leads a discussion about the dynamics of transformation in Polish cities after 1989, asking ‘For whom do post-socialist cities change’?

Other event highlights include:

Oh, That’s Interesting! – each day 10 emerging urbanists from across Europe and a range of disciplines present their research or opinions dissecting cities on a soapbox for 5 minutes.

Optimistic Immigrants – An evening of films, music and discussion that explores the complexity and joys of migration and then settlement in new cities.

Redux – The International Guerrilla Video Festival – A selection of films curated by IGVF. IGVF is a mobile festival that transforms public space into a fertile ground for experimentation by projecting site-specific videos directly onto building facades, monuments and temporary structures.

Spaces of Faith – Tour of East London Mosque and an international panel discussion about the contribution of faith buildings to cities. Speakers include an Iman from the first mosque built in Spain for 500 years, along with prominent thinkers and architects. An artist will present her work of one street in Birmingham where over 40 faith buildings are located.

DIY Urbanism – Peer-to-Peer workshops on how to influence your city; including A to Z Of Getting Your Book Published; Going Freelance – Taxes & Other Complexities; Organising & New Political Frameworks.

This is the second Festival organised by ‘This is Not a Gateway’ (TINAG), a not for profit organisation, that seeks to offer a platform for emerging academics, urbanists, architects, filmmakers and artists whose point of departure is the city. Working on a grass roots level TINAG seek to gather knowledge from around the world relating to the way in which we inhabit cities.

For more information and full event listings as of September 15th please visit the TINAG website:

Location: Hanbury Hall, Hanbury Street, Spitalfields, London, England, UK

London Buildings

Contemporary London Architecture

London Architecture Designs – chronological list

Architecture Tours in London by e-architect

London Architecture Offices

London Architecture


TINAG creates platforms for emerging academics, artists, youth workers, filmmakers, architects, students and more, whose point of departure in their work is ‘the city’. TINAG aims to gather knowledge about the city from grass roots and community based projects to inform organisations and government bodies working to change the way we live in cities. TINAG was set up by Trenton Oldfield and Deepa Naik in 2007. TINAG are set to publish their first annual publication in September 2009 entitled ‘Critical Cities: Ideas, Knowledge and Agitation from Emerging Urbanists.

East London Buildings

Spitalfields Buildings

280 High Holborn, central London
Design: GMW Architects
280 High Holborn Building
photo © Richard Bryant/Arcaid
280 High Holborn Development

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