On a big blackboard-map of New Cross we mapped these type of places:
– abandoned spaces we might consider to take care of
– natural or artificial resources we should have more access to
– places where a kind of commoning is happening
This activity responds to the need of mapping spaces in New Cross that could be used to run our activities in the future.
We discussed the desire to have a physical place where to propose activities, involving people living in New Cross in the very construction of the place and it use and function, inviting neighbour to come up with ideas to be discussed and tried out. We talked about the importance to build relationships with other existing initiatives in the area – the process of mapping could be used to create or reinforce those relationships. We shared ideas about how to make our projects sustainable: an occupation would need a full time engagement; if we manage to get a space from Goldsmiths, the Council, or a private (will we need to constitute a legally recognized organization?) we won’t have to put energy to protect it. Inspired by Doina, we talked about nomadism, about the importance of being prepared to move to another space, hence to design structures that can be transportable, but at the same time of defending the space you got, exercising a political and politicizing right to stay, and allowing for a continuation beyond a physical location. We also talked about the possibility of getting a caravan and going around New Cross to engage with different people and situations, as the r-urban people in Hackey Wick do.