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On 27 November 2008 Lucy gave two presentations on the first day of a two-day seminar in London on communal politics which focussed on architecture, community provision, religion and attitudes of young people in the city. It was programmed by de Baak, the Dutch management centre, for a group of its members who are public sector managers working in a variety of fields. The first, Communal Politics: generating social capital through architecture and urban design, she presented at Coin Street, before a talk by Sara Neuff from Coin Street Community Builders about the project in London SE1. In a second talk, at Rivington Place in Shoreditch, the home of INIVA and Autograph, she discussed the work of the architect of the building, David Adjaye, and how it relates to the theme of communal politics. The group later went to visit the Gillett Square multi-use public space and Vortex jazz club in Dalston and heard a final lecture by Russell Brown of architects Hawkins Brown, who designed the Square and the Vortex.

Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre. Architects: Haworth Tompkins

Rivington Place, Shoreditch. Architects: Adjaye Associates

Gillet Square

'We want to see evidence of a society that tolerates different religions and beliefs, yet also provides for unifying themes. What brings us together in this society despite our differences? How can one promote living together yet still allow room for individuals in a global and multicultural city such as London?' (from de Baak's seminar outline).

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de Baak
Rivington Place
Gillet Square
Coin Street Neighbourhood