About the Archive
The This Is Not A Gateway Living Archive is a physical collection and an online showcase of This Is Not A Gateway - a public platform and research project undertaken by Deepa Naik and Trenton Oldfield between 2006-2016.
The aims of the archive are to evidence and share:
- Our attempt to sincerely, critically and as rigorously as possible problematise, resist and examine ‘The Urban Age’. In particular, the processes of urbanisation, westernisation and homogenisation evident in the forging of contemporary cities.
- The many hundreds of people and organisations from across the world who contributed to this endeavour. The experience, insight and knowledge of people who lived through and often tried to resist the profound changes that occurred at the start of the so called 'Urban Age'.
- A community organisation that took a somewhat unique approach to its methods, aims and approach.
- The experience of a small, independent, not-for-profit, family run volunteer organisation based in central London, UK at the start of the 21st Century via primary source material.
While there is a particular focus on east London, UK where This Is Not A Gateway was based, contributions are from the four corners of Earth.
You can use the archive to:
FIND THE PEOPLE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS IS NOT A GATEWAY
Discover people that have challenged status quo thinking around the issues of urbanisation and contemporary cities. Find artists and filmmakers that have made us think differently about our urban condition. Find the people that supported the endeavour from start to finish.
SEE IF ANY OF THE METHODS WE EMPLOYED MIGHT BE USEFUL TO YOU OR YOUR ORGANISATION
Discover and evaluate the often 'unorthodox' approaches we employed for the research project.
LOCATE IDEAS WHICH MIGHT BE USEFUL FOR YOU TO QUESTION URBANISATION + 'SMART' CITIES
SEE IF OUR THESIS OF THE EXISTENCE OF AN URBAN INDUSTRY WAS PROVEN
We established This Is Not A Gateway to test our thesis that there appeared to be processes that were knowingly and unknowingly enabling and encouraging the urbanisation of the world. In 2006 we called it 'The Urban Industry'.
ACCESS OUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND OUR REFLECTIONS
See the emails from a hedge funder that tried to takeover This Is Not A Gateway. See emails from an 'academic' that ruthlessly stole an entire book and published it as her own, knowing we were occupied caring for our dying father. Learn how a six month prison sentence changed us and the focus of This Is Not A Gateway's work.
MEET US AT THE BISHOPSGATE INSTITUTE FOR A TOUR OF THE ARCHIVES
We welcome small group/class tours of the archive. Learn more about This Is Not A Gateway Archive and/or the processes of archiving.
READ WHAT PEOPLE THOUGHT ABOUT THIS IS NOT A GATEWAY
"The framework I found to be uniquely ambitious and challenging - quite unlike any other 'cities' themed conference program I have heard about or attended."
FIND OUT WHY OUR ARCHIVE IS JUST 5% ONLINE AND 100% 'PAPER'.
How has the rollout of 'AI' (Autonomous Intelligence) changed our approach to archiving?
SEE WHICH PROJECTS WE DIDN'T MANAGE TO GET OFF THE GROUND.
Lots of ideas but not enough time?
ACCESS ESSAYS, TALKS AND NOTES RELATED TO OUR WORK WITH THIS IS NOT A GATEWAY
Access most of our essays, invited talks, workshops, classes and presentations (2003-2017).
FIND OUT WHY WE AGREED TINAG SHOULD EXIST FOR 10 YEARS AND NO MORE.
Why did we deliberately set an 'expiry date'?
ACCESS THE ARHIVE