RUSS holds regular meetings, which offer anyone interested in Community Led Housing a chance to meet and share ideas. Each meeting focuses on a particular topic or area of interest, and encourages attendees to contribute their own experiences. Members and prospective members of RUSS are encouraged to come and lean more about what we’re up to, and how to get involved.
Please do join us from 19:00-20:30 on the third Wednesday of every month.
Wednesday 20 February: Community Housing Meeting: Learning From Our Neighbours
RUSS member Ted Stevens spent two years travelling Europe, visiting scores of innovative community-led housing schemes. His talk will showcase the most interesting projects – from Europe, the UK and further afield. In Berlin one in six of all the new homes built are delivered by community groups.
What can we learn from these projects?
How can we make the same happen in London?
Ted Stevens, OBE (RUSS Trustee)
Ted is one of the UK’s leading community-led housing and self-build campaigners. In 2008 he set up the National Custom and Self Build Association, and he chaired it until 2014. He then managed a research programme looking at how Britain could learn from the many innovative community-led housing projects that have been built across Europe. As a Trustee he co-ordinates RUSS’s various fundraising and media activities.
Time & Place:
The Fox & Firkin
316 Lewisham High St,
London, SE13 6JZ
20th Feb, 19:00-20:30
Unfortunately the room is not wheelchair accessible.
Wednesday 20 March: Community Housing Meeting: “The Hub” RUSS’s self-build community space
Wednesday 17 April: Community Housing Meeting: Community Gardens and Community Gardening
Past Meetings (2019)
16th January: Community Housing: Walters Way, the inspiration behind RUSS
Our revamped meeting kicked-off with talks from RUSS founder and former chair, Kareem Dayes, and former board member and Walters Way resident, Alice Grahame. We followed this with a practical session that asked attendees how the experienced the housing crisis, and for their ideas for how it can be tackled. There two blogs can tell you more:
- RUSS Community Housing Meeting: Walters Way, the inspiration behind RUSS.
- How do you experience the Housing Crisis?
If you would like to volunteer in any capacity with RUSS, please sign up for membership and then get in touch with a team on our Members’ Online Forum where each team has a dedicated ‘channel’. Alternatively you can contact us at email@example.com
Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS) is a members-led Community Land Trust based in South London, founded in 2009 with the aim of creating sustainable community-led neighbourhoods and truly affordable homes right across London. We hold regular meetings, which offer anyone interested in Community Housing a chance to meet and share ideas. Each meeting focuses on a particular topic or area of interest, and encourages attendees to contribute their own experiences. Members and prospective members of RUSS are encouraged to come and lean more about what we’re up to, and how to get involved.