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Stadtklang: The Acoustic City


6.00 PM 14 September 2014

Arcola Theatre Bar, 24 Ashwin St, Dalston E8 3DL

Stadtklang (urban sound) is a fitting venue for a book that explores the soundscapes of the built environment. The UCL Urban Laboratory is hosting a launch event for The Acoustic City (Jovis, 2014) by Matthew Gandy and BJ Nilsen at the Arcola Theatre Bar in Dalston on the 14th of September.

You do not need to book for this event and entry is free.

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The Acoustic City is an an edited collection of cutting-edge essays on sound and the city accompanied by a specially commissioned CD with contributions from Félix Blume, Ekkehard Ehlers, Yui Onodera, Schneider TM and many other artists. Edited by Professor Matthew Gandy (UCL Geography) and the Swedish sound artist BJ Nilsen. It was completed with the support from the The Leverhulme Foundation, the UCL Urban Laboratory, and the UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities.
Location map for Arcola Theatre Bar, 24 Ashwin St, Dalston E8 3DL

The Smeed Report at fifty: will road pricing always be ten years away?

6.30 PM, 7 October 2014

Gavin de Beer Lecture Theatre, UCL Anatomy Building, Gower Street

In 1964 Reuben Smeed’s report showed that road pricing was not only technically possibly, but could provide benefits to the economy, reduce congestion and improve public health. However, apart from some notable exceptions, including the London Congestion Charge, the idea of charging to use roads has been repeatedly rejected by politicians. 

Is it time to implement the recommendations of Smeed's report fifty years after it was published, or is road pricing still ten years away from general acceptance?

Stephen Glaister (Director of the RAC Foundation and Emeritus Professor at Imperial College London) and Richard Allsop (Emeritus Professor of Transport Studies and former director of the UCL Centre for Transport Studies) will discuss the future of road pricing.

The event will start at 6.30 pm (refreshments available from 6.00 pm) with a brief introduction to the work of Reuben Smeed by UCL's Professor Allsop. Professor Glaister will speak for 45 minutes, after which Professor Allsop will respond.  There will then be an open Q&A session.  At 7.45 pm you will be invited to join us in UCL’s Garden Room for a buffet dinner.

Launch of Design & Trust—Urban Pamphleteer #3

The UCL Urban Laboratory is holding a launch event for "Urban Pamphleteer #3: Design & Trust" as part of Cities Methodologies 2014.

Urban Pamphleteer #3 launches soon

6.30 PM, 30th October 2014 

Slade Research Centre, UCL, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0HB

Urban Pamphleteer #3: Design & Trust asks what the consequences are of prioritising defence and security as a first principle in design. The launch will feature researchers and artists who contributed pieces to the pamphlet.

Contributors include Matthew Ingelby, Anne Bottomley & Nathan Moore, Lorraine Gamman & Adam Thorpe, Johan Andersson, Max Colson, Stamatis Zografos, Samir Singh, Henrietta Williams, Jonathan Gardner, Thireshen Govender & Andrew Charman, Tilly Fowler & Anna Hart, Alaistair Steele, Michele Acuto, and extracts by Teresa P. R. Caldeira & AbdouMaliq Simone.

Urban Pamphleteer is supported by the UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities and the UCL Urban Laboratory

Urban Pamphleteer, is a series of publications produced by the UCL Urban Laboratory, that confront key contemporary urban questions from diverse perspectives. Written in a direct and accessible tone, the intention of these pamphlets is to draw on the history of radical pamphleteering to stimulate debate and instigate change. The series editors are Ben Campkin and Rebecca Ross. Issues are distributed for free in print and as PDFs (download by clicking on the icons).

Location map for Slade Research Centre, UCL, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0HB

London Conference 2014 from Centre for London

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9.00 AM – 5.00 PM 4th November 2014

Royal Festival Hall, London

(Invitation only - follow the conference on Twitter #lonconf14 )

In  the run up to the 2015 general election the London Conference from Centre for London will be asking what the next government will do for London. The conference will discuss a range of topics including growing inequality in the capital, predictions of population growth, housing, London’s place in the world and the case for devolving powers to London and other cities in the UK.

Although this event is invitation only the Evening Standard is holding an event at the Guildhall in the evening of 17 November to broaden the discussion.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Boris Johnson
  • Michael Hebbert (Professor of Town Planning at UCL)
  • Jim O’Neill (Cities Growth Commission)
  • Julia Unwin (Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
  • David Willets MP
  • Tessa Jowell, MP
  • Peter Madden (Future Cities Catapult)
  • Tony Travers (LSE London)

A full programme can be found at http://centreforlondon.org/london-conference-2014/2014-programme/

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London Conference Public Debate

Evening, 17 November 2014

Guildhall, London

Public debate following the London Conference to broaden the discussion of the topics raised during the conference. You can follow the London Conference on Twitter by searching for the hashtag #lonconf2014.

More details will be available soon.

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Urban Sustainability and Resilience 2014

3rd – 5th November

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The second International Conference from USAR (The Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience) will be held between the 3rd and the 5th of November. To find out about the conference including the panel event chaired by BBC Environment Analyst, Roger Harrabin (@RHarrabin), please visit the USAR 2014 conference website at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/usar/usar-conference/conference-site-2014

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