By Chloe Hudson, 2020.
Born out of shifting attitudes to land ownership, access and use, it is a project for London as a public city. This Charter is a territorial scale strategy that enables the rapid construction of now much needed public space to ease the damages caused by the insidious creep of privatised public spaces. It is not a charter based on policy, but one driven by architecture. It aims to produce mutually enriching and yet highly contrasting spaces across a territory.
At its heart, sits the ambition to awaken the citizen to Britain’s crisis of land. The public spaces of London, the collective assets of the city’s citizens, are being sold to corporations, privatised, without explanation or apology. The Citizen must realise that privatisation will leave the public without land of their own.
The Alternative Public London Charter is a call to arms.