Unusual Suspects Festival 2017

Social Life will be taking part in the Unusual Supects Festival 2017, a unique festival of ideas, solutions and discussion which runs across different London venues from 14-16 June 2017.

We'll be organising walks around our area, near Elephant & Castle in South London, to get the feeling of the place.

Our lived experiences are an incredible asset to understand our built environment and making decisions about planning services, however this is often overlooked. This walkshop will help build up a shared understanding of how we interact with our built environment and will generate ideas about how we can capture this and channel it into better decision making.

The area around Elephant and Castle sets a good backdrop for this conversation. The area has undergone significant physical transformations and is emblematic of London’s changing urban landscape with a mix of established residential areas and high-density urban developments.

During the walk there will be stops at a set of locations to measure our feelings in relation to what we come across. There will be an examination on how these places make us feel, and whether collectively sharing our sometimes divergent experiences of a place can help us feel more connected to it. Participants’ experiences will be captured through questions, drawing on the Urban Realities Laboratory’s ground breaking research methods.

Please join us in exploring our local neighbourhood Wednesday 14th from 12 - 2pm. The walk will start at our office in Peacock Yard 12A. Read more and sign up here.

About the Unusual Suspects Festival

The purpose of the festival is to bring together all voices in society to craft solutions to some of society’s most pressing challenges. Through an unusual mix of voices and audience, we can empower ourselves, challenge each other and ourselves to not only think and act differently and but to shift and change power dynamics in the capital.

For more information about the festival and blogs outlining the purpose and inspiration for the festival, see the festival website.