Environment

Environment Events

23 October, 2014 - The Somme cauldron – Life and death in the La Boiselle sector

Time: 18:30:00 - 20:30:00

Organised by UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

In 2011, a team of military historians commenced a long-term study of a unique piece of First World War battleground. Bordering the village of La Boisselle, at the heart of the Somme battlefield, the sector was known to the British troops as the ‘Glory Hole’. Having lain practically undisturbed since 1918, archaeology has revealed evidence of French, British and German occupation spanning the evolution of trench warfare. The ground was also extensively undermined, forming one of the most important and labyrinthine tunnel systems on the Western Front. This talk, co-organised by UCL CEGE and ICES, will look at the history of the sector, focussing on specific wartime actions and telling the stories of men who fought and died above and below ground. The engineering aspects of tunnelling will also be discussed, comparing the methods adopted by the team in re-opening and exploring the system nearly one hundred years later.

Location: Darwin B40 Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, access via Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Dietmar Backes

Email: d.backes@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 7228

24 October, 2014 - Mindful Buildings

Time: 13:00:00 - 14:00:00

Organised by UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

This talk will focus on the conceptual approach to the structural design of sustainable buildings in terms of simplicity, frugality and multiplicity. Professor Parikh will look at the current notions of ‘green’ buildings and propose alternative paradigms, especially in the context of emerging nations – though the lessons are universal.

Location: Room 102, Chadwick Building, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Dr Julia Stegemann

Email: j.stegemann@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 7370

28 October, 2014 - Exhibition launch: Cities Methodologies 2014

Time: 18:30:00 - 22:00:00

Organised by UCL Urban Laboratory

Join UCL Urban Laboratory for the opening night of Cities Methodologies, an annual exhibition exploring urban research. Audiences will encounter an eclectic array of approaches to the analysis of cities worldwide - from performance to film, music to mapping, and top trumps to a functioning cafe, complete with weak tea. Follow UCL Urban Laboratory on Twitter for the latest updates on Cities Methodologies @UCLurbanlab and use #CitiesMethodologies.

Location: Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, , London, WC1H 0AB

Contact: Jordan Rowe

Email: urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3108 9402

29 October, 2014 - 7 Isles Unclaimed

Time: 14:00:00 - 16:00:00

Organised by UCL Urban Laboratory

7 Isles Unclaimed is an image repository of speculative fiction regarding the reclamation (or lack thereof) of land masses for the city of Mumbai (then Bombay). Bombay was composed of 7 islands that underwent a series of reclamations forming a peninsula. There follows a trajectory of flash-points in the timeline of the city when specific incidents triggered the reclamation of land. This project conjectures the condition of the city if those specific flash-points in the timeline leading to reclamation were never realised, leaving the space between the islands 'unclaimed'. The aim of the workshop will be to investigate how histories are recorded and how they can be altered by the removal/ addition of events that were critical in the development of a city (in this case Bombay). Stories from factual data, accounts, fictionalised events will be rearranged thus offering alternate timelines.

Location: Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, , London, WC1H 0AB

Contact: Jordan Rowe

Email: urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3108 9402

29 October, 2014 - From garden-city to garden left-overs

Time: 18:00:00 - 19:00:00

Organised by UCL Urban Laboratory

This lecture from Deniz Atlay examines the findings of research inquiring the way gardens of apartment blocks are used, appropriated and reclaimed by residents in an early republican era (1938) housing cooperative in Ankara, Turkey - revealing the significance of the gardens appropriated by the residents to create socialising spaces.

Location: Slade Reseach Centre, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB

Contact: Jordan Rowe

Email: urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3108 9402

30 October, 2014 - Urban Pamphleteer #3 launch: Design & Trust

Time: 18:30:00 - 21:00:00

Organised by UCL Urban Laboratory

Join UCL Urban Laboratory for the launch of Urban Pamphleteer #3: Design & Trust, as part of the programme for Cities Methodologies 2014. Urban Pamphleteer is a series of publications that confront key contemporary urban questions from diverse perspectives. Written in a direct and accessible tone, these pamphlets draw on the history of radical pamphleteering as a tool for instigating change. Design & Trust asks what the consequences are of prioritising defence and security as a first principle in design – an issue that has recently fired up the news agenda in public campaigns to remove ‘anti-homeless’ spikes and critiques of so-called ‘hostile architecture’ in public spaces. A number of the researchers and artists featured in this issue will be in conversation to summarise their contributions. Urban Pamphleteer is supported by the UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities and the UCL Urban Laboratory.

Location: Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, , London, WC1H 0NS

Contact: Jordan Rowe

Email: urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3108 9402

30 October, 2014 - Urbanism in humanitarian settings: Stories, systems and spaces

Time: 14:00:00 - 16:00:00

Organised by UCL Urban Laboratory

Provoked by the action of international agencies after the Haiti earthquake in 2010, this session will discuss the following questions: what are the differences between urbanists and humanitarians in the ways that the two groups conceive, imagine and operate in urban space; can these be more fully understood through discourse analysis and inter-disciplinary research; and what does this mean for real-time discourse and intervention and research in cities? This event will test, with a wider interdisciplinary audience, our analysis of a workshop that brought urbanists (in the UK) and international staff from humanitarian organisations together to talk about the same place (a neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince) but reflect on their different ways of talking about the city and intervening. The original discussion used a design exercise and films, shot in Haiti and based on interviews with staff in international organisations.

Location: Slade Reseach Centre, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB

Contact: Jordan Rowe

Email: urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3108 9402

31 October, 2014 - Urban Lab Films: Concrete Heart Land

Time: 15:00:00 - 16:30:00

Organised by UCL Urban Laboratory

Join UCL Urban Laboratory for a screening of the film Concrete Heart Land followed by a Q&A session with the directors, Steven Ball and Rastko Novakovic. Concrete Heart Land exposes the social cleansing of the Heygate Estate in South London, marking the moment that the estate was finally lost as social housing to make way for a 'regeneration' scheme. The film charts the struggles of the local community in the face of the advance of this now notorious 'urban redevelopment programme'. Having evicted the last residents in November 2013, Southwark Council and the developer Lend Lease are currently working towards the wider gentrification of the area.

Location: Slade Reseach Centre, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB

Contact: Jordan Rowe

Email: urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3108 9402

3 November, 2014 - Lauch of UCL's Hub for Responsible Research and Innovation

Time: 17:45:00 - 21:00:00

We would like to invite you to ‘Can innovation ever be responsible? Is it ever irresponsible not to innovate?’, a lecture by Professor Richard Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Sheffield, to mark the launch of the UCL Hub for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). Drinks and registration will be from 17.45, with the lecture starting at 18.15. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. The RRI Hub is being launched as part of the European RRI Tools project, which aims to develop a toolkit for researchers, policymakers, businesses, civil society and educational organisations to help science and innovation better reflect the needs and wishes of society. The Hub will be a base for research, sharing and training on these issues.

Location: UCL Front Quad, Wilkins Building, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Kaatje Lomme

Email: k.lomme@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 2094

6 November, 2014 - Stewardship for planet earth: sustainable resources & governance – evidence, challenges and solution

Time: 12:30:00 - 14:00:00

Climate change, unprecedented urbanisation, increasingly transnational flows of people, capital and materials are profoundly challenging a sustainable management of resources. UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources and UCL Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction will be hosting a two-day conference that will explore the concept of stewardship for planet Earth from a multitude perspectives.

Location: G06, Roberts Building, Malet Place, London, WC1E 7JE

Contact: Kiran Dhillon

Email: k.dhillon@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3108 5935

12 November, 2014 - Visions of the Thames

Time: 09:30:00 - 18:00:00

Vision of the Thames brings together over 300 key industry and government representatives for round-table discussions on how a growing population and associated major developments in the estuary and projects such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel and the construction of Crossrail, impact on a sustainable future for the river. The day starts at 9.30am and the event programme includes morning and afternoon networking and discussion sessions. Lunch and refreshments will be provided and a sponsor's drinks reception from 4pm to 6pm after the afternoon session.

Location: Royal Geographical Society, , 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

Contact: Dr Sue Harrington

Email: tep@thamesestuarypartnership.org

Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 8855

19 November, 2014 - UCL - French Embassy Seminar: The future of biodiversity and what it means for us

Time: 18:00:00 - 19:30:00

What does the future hold for biodiversity on our planet over the coming century? And what does this mean for human society and prosperity? In the third event in the series, we explore the current threats to nature and try to understand what the world will look like in 2050. In particular, we consider the impacts of invasive species and climate change on the future of biodiversity. We will combine perspectives from biology and economics to explore possible future scenarios, explaining some of the ways that future predictions are made, debating the degree of confidence we can have, and exploring different strategies that may be used to ensure that the many services provided to us by biodiversity are maintained into the foreseeable future.

Location: Huxley Lecture Theatre, Institute of Zoology, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY

Contact: Chris Langridge

Email: c.langridge@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3108 1609

3 December, 2014 - The Graffiti Sessions

Time: -

Organised by UCL Urban Laboratory

Hosted by UCL Urban Laboratory, the Graffiti Dialogues Network at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London) and Southbank Centre, the Graffiti Sessions will gather a wide group of experts to debate issues surrounding graffiti. We aim to identify new horizons for future city strategies on graffiti and opportunities and challenges for evolving creative practice, towards places that are both safe and sociable. The event comprises a three-day series of talks, workshops and panel debates exploring the evolving roles of graffiti and street art in the urban environment. The ambition is to challenge deep-rooted preconceptions and speculation that have until now limited the progress of both policy and practice related to street art and graffiti. Bringing together key institutions and individuals, the project will establish an open and sustainable discussion forum for the exchange of a broad scope of viewpoints and positions on street art and graffiti.

Location: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, , London, SE1 8XX

Contact: Jordan Rowe

Email: urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3108 9402

4 December, 2014 - The Graffiti Sessions

Time: -

Organised by UCL Urban Laboratory

Hosted by UCL Urban Laboratory, the Graffiti Dialogues Network at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London) and Southbank Centre, the Graffiti Sessions will gather a wide group of experts to debate issues surrounding graffiti. We aim to identify new horizons for future city strategies on graffiti and opportunities and challenges for evolving creative practice, towards places that are both safe and sociable. The event comprises a three-day series of talks, workshops and panel debates exploring the evolving roles of graffiti and street art in the urban environment. The ambition is to challenge deep-rooted preconceptions and speculation that have until now limited the progress of both policy and practice related to street art and graffiti. Bringing together key institutions and individuals, the project will establish an open and sustainable discussion forum for the exchange of a broad scope of viewpoints and positions on street art and graffiti.

Location: University College London, Wilkins Building, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Jordan Rowe

Email: urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3108 9402

5 December, 2014 - The Graffiti Sessions

Time: -

Organised by UCL Urban Laboratory

Hosted by UCL Urban Laboratory, the Graffiti Dialogues Network at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London) and Southbank Centre, the Graffiti Sessions will gather a wide group of experts to debate issues surrounding graffiti. We aim to identify new horizons for future city strategies on graffiti and opportunities and challenges for evolving creative practice, towards places that are both safe and sociable. The event comprises a three-day series of talks, workshops and panel debates exploring the evolving roles of graffiti and street art in the urban environment. The ambition is to challenge deep-rooted preconceptions and speculation that have until now limited the progress of both policy and practice related to street art and graffiti. Bringing together key institutions and individuals, the project will establish an open and sustainable discussion forum for the exchange of a broad scope of viewpoints and positions on street art and graffiti.

Location: Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4AA

Contact: Jordan Rowe

Email: urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3108 9402