Using Space

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Cover photograph for issue one

Using Space is a zine made collaboratively by Mujinga and other people about squats, social centres and alternative ways of living.

All issues can be downloaded for free via Zinelibrary RiP or Northern Indymedia or squat!net or Cobble Books or mujinga or the archive.


Issue one was released in November 2006. It is A5 format, 24 pages with a cover and contains an account of various visited social centres in Europe, with an indepth profile of the Poortgebouw in Rotterdam.


Issue two was produced in June 2007. It focuses on the story of a squatted street in Rotterdam. It has two articles, one in English, one in Dutch.


Issue three featured various short pieces taken from a range of sources. These included: thoughts about the future of squatting; a report on the progress of the now defunct maelstrom centre in Leeds; a personal history of the ELF squat in Amsterdam.


Issue four contained the following pieces:

  • a visit to a squatted land project in central Amsterdam
  • the UK national squat meet in Bristol,
  • a rumination on social centres
  • a large squatting action in Sweden
  • a fotoreport from the Dutch national squatting day
  • recycled newspaper reports


Issue five is a short and incomplete history of squatting in Brighton.


Issue six contents:

  • Facing Up to Mike Weatherley's Fearsome Gauntlet
  • A Secret History of the City
  • The CoolTan Arts Centre
  • Watching the value of property melt away - Squatting in the U$A
  • The Sacred Law of Private Property
  • Informal Update on the Situation in Seattle
  • The Story of Sabotaj
  • Squat weblinks


Issue seven, published August 2012, contains:

  • A short update on the criminalisation of squatting in England and Wales
  • A callout for a mass squatting action in Brighton
  • When 'glitter thugs' attack...
  • Interview with a Seattle Squatter
  • Keeping occupied - on the squatted Ocean estate, London
  • A list of back issues


Number eight, published 2013 contains:

  • "I've painted myself into a corner" - learning from the divide between 'artistic' and 'anarchist' squatters in Paris
  • Open House London / Made Possible by Squatting
  • Review of ‘Nine Tenths of the Law’ by Hannah Dobbz
  • A quick update on Brighton courtcases
  • Excerpt from ‘Dangerous Spaces’ zine
  • List of back issues


Published 2016. With a cover that fortuituously predated the ridiculous stairs to the top of a building to celebrate 70 years of rebuilding Rotterdam (and providing much squatting opportunities), this issue reprinted some interesting articles. Contents:

  • Six reasons to support your local squats
  • Don't support Nazi-inspired apartheid: Tourists boycott Rotterdam
  • So what is violence then?
  • The Vacancy Crunch: The Current Housing Crisis in the Netherlands and the Repression of Squatting


Issue ten, published 2016. This edition delves into the history of the Poortgebouw, a legalised squat in Rotterdam which was featured in using space 1.


Cover of Using Space 11

This entire zine is composed of an interview with a squatter from Rotterdam in the Netherlands made in 2016. Published August 2017.


Published August 2018. Amongst other stuff this features a call for more zines, an account of what happened when Nazis tried to squat in Amsterdam and a book review of a terrible pro-gentrification book.

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