|Participation and local democracy|
|London is a multi-cultural world city with a long tradition of local democracy and political participation. Symbolically, London is at the heart of the UK’s political process. At the same time, the city is confronted with growing political apathy in its formal structures of governance: worryingly, the turnout for the 2004 London Assembly elections was less than 37%. Few public spaces in the city are mobilized in an active bottom-up way as platforms for urban exchange and experience.
The London research project aims to analyse (a) how urban interventions can contribute to the positive re-appropriation of the city for its citizens; (b) how urban interventions might serve as catalysts for direct democracy, thereby contributing to more socially-just governance of the city; (c) how public spaces can be reclaimed for the public sphere.