UCL Urban Laboratory launch

14 May 2009

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180 guests, including architects, planners, film-makers, urban designers and UCL staff and students, attended ‘City Visions’, the inauguration of the UCL Urban Laboratory on 21 April 2009.

Led by Professor Matthew Gandy, Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory, the panel showcased the variety of urban research taking place at UCL, addressing such topics as cities and social justice, the urban transition in Eastern Europe, cinema and the city, architecture for the poor and the presence of ‘bad nature’ such as pests and vermin in twentieth-century London.

The UCL Urban Laboratory was established in 2005 as an interdisciplinary centre for research excellence.  Its principal aim is to raise the national and international profile of urban teaching and research at UCL.

In the first instance, the laboratory is drawing on the strengths of four UCL faculties – Arts and Humanities; the Bartlett; Engineering; and Social and Historical Sciences – and actively engaging with UCL’s Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities.

Professor Matthew Gandy led research into the 'liquid city' of Mumbai

A new masters in Urban Studies commenced in September 2008, expanding the UCL Urban Laboratory’s graduate programme and bringing together the best opportunities for urban education and dissertation supervision at UCL.

To find out more about the UCL Urban Laboratory or the new MSc in Urban Studies, follow the links at the top of this item.

Image: Professor Matthew Gandy, Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory, led research into the ‘liquid city’ of Mumbai, India