Introduction

Housing in London, and with it London itself, is undergoing a dramatic change that can be compared with the cities’ post-war re-building. Unit 10 of the University of East London will be studying the impending regeneration of the Nightingale Estate, with an aim to better understand the wider issues of housing in London through a close-up look at the specific condition of a place that is entering its third iteration.

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Tower Hamlets Food Bank Project

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The Tower Hamlets Food Bank receives donations from church congregations, schools, and individual corporations and also through supermarket collections. THFB then identifies people in crisis through the aid of professionals such as social works and School Home liaison personnel. These groups refer people to the THFB where they are warmly welcomed with non-judgmental environment. The clients are given a minimum donation of food that is to serve them for three days and then the client is directed for further help and support. The Tower Hamlets carries out this activity on a weekly basis by the help of its many volunteers.

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Book Review – From The Ground Up: Community Gardens in New York City and the Politics of Spatial Transformation

Set within one of the most densely populated and expensive, real market estate, community gardens in New York City are visited by the least advantaged residents of the city.

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19.03.2015 – UEL Lecture on Food and Social Justice

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The UEL lecture was based on Food poverty in the UK is said to be the result of rising food, housing and energy prices across the country. Crisis of food poverty are also said to be resulting from low pay, insecure employment and changes in benefits.

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Cuba Organoponicos

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Organoponicos is a system of urban organic farms providing a fresh supply of organic foods to the community around, beautifying the urban areas and also providing employment opportunities to the Cuban residents. The entire Cuba has about 7000 organoponicos with 200 of them located in Havana. The organoponicos in Havana alone occupy 35,000 hectares of land and are capable of supplying its residents with 90 percent of their fruits and vegetables. The improved workforce can be evident from its rise from 9,000 in 1999 to 44,000 in 2006. The yields have since increased from 4 to 24 kilograms per square meter between 1994 and 1999. The organoponicos are said to produce a million tons of organic foods annually. These farms have boosted Cuba’s food security over the past two decades, solving malnutrition cases that had stuck the country in the past.

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Myatt Fields Park Greenhouse Project is created for the local community to grow food that is later used for cooking projects and for the park’s café. The project is located in a desert food zone convincing individuals that there are very few opportunities for quality food in the area. This aims to improve access of people to quality food, affordable locally grown food and to promote and celebrate the local food culture. The project carries out various activities that ensure there is a continuous and quality food production for the whole people in the region as follows.

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Paulet Road Estate Community Garden

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Paulet Road Estate Community Garden is a project within an estate garden that is part of a block of flats within a new social enterprise in the basement garages called Remakery. The block of flats is a stretch between Brixton and Denmark Hill in South London and is part of the Lambeth living.. The idea has gained me the experience in growing and designing numerous garden crops that can shape and give the landscape a desirable beauty.  Continue reading Paulet Road Estate Community Garden