An architect, a former businessman, and a nomadic walk into an empty building…. And show us how community living can work in 2017; Two and a half years of innovative freedom in the shape of an East London warehouse is coming to an end on November 19th. The Hive in Dalston, that’s been a home to numerous people, as well as a fertile soil to locals’ passions and ideas, is closing its doors, potentially, to allow new ones to open up. On November 16th, the people of The Hive will be sharing the experience and wisdom they’ve gained, in a conference they are hosting, which is expected to be attended by some of the most influential figures in the city. Hand by hand with their hosting landlord, they are willing to create a lobby that will challenge our perception of social living in the
The 18th century craft and creative space is in line for a 21st century revamp. Reporter: Emily Fortune | Sub-Editor: Yasmin Jeffery A redesign of Camden’s award-winning Cockpit art space and the neighbouring Holborn library is currently in the proposal stages and awaiting planning permission. Many who use the space are disappointed about the plans, as it means the library’s extensive archive will need to be moved to an off-site location to fit 105 new residential apartments. Coffey Architects, the developers behind the project, want the space to become a hub for local creative businesses. They estimate it will generate an impressive £3.75 million for the economy, along with the profits from the sale of the new residential units, meaning the plans will cost nothing for the taxpayer.
The Creative Industries Federation has called for the UK’s creative industries to be “put at the heart of government thinking” in a new report on the impact of the Brexit vote. Reporter: James Brookes | Sub-Editor: Emily Fortune The organisation — which brings together leaders of the country’s major arts, cultural and creative institutions — published its Brexit report today, detailing the impact that leaving the European Union (EU) will have on the UK’s creative sectors and recommendations for the government’s negotiations. The 73-page document, which was presented to Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, contains feedback and evidence from 500 contributors at 11 meetings across the country and identifies key areas of concern and opportunity that it feels mi
Overpopulated cities, cheap-labour workers and smog-wreathed urban landscapes - what else can one think when it comes to describing China? The ‘mecca’ of fake-goods, Shenzhen is to scrap the conventional stereotypes and attract more tourists with its brainchild creative hub. Reporter: Alina Isachenka, Subeditor: Mariya Grinina Looking at the striking landscape of the fast-paced city, it’s hard to believe that only 30 years ago Shenzhen was a small fishing-village best known for its close location to Hong Kong. Now Shenzhen envisions itself as an emerging creative hub, welcoming a new wave of visitors and creative professionals within the shores of a communist China. In 2007 the southeastern Chinese city saw the launch of the OCT loft – a creative hub of art and design in the S