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Publications

2013

Urban Pamphleteer #2

Urban Pamphleteer 2 Regeneration

Regeneration Realities

Regeneration Realities is the second in the Urban Pamphleteer Series (following Future and Smart Cities). The series, from the UCL Urban Laboratory, draws on the history of radical pamphleteering to stimulate debate and instigate change.

Once again it features some of the best thinkers on urban issues:

Duncan Bowie, Emma Dent Coad, Howard Read, Loretta Lees, David Roberts, Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Stephanie Butcher, Paul Watt, Isaac Marrero- Guillamón, Alberto Duman, Martine Drozdz, Phil Cohen, Ben Campkin, Michael Edwards and isik.knutsdotter.

This issue was edited by Ben Campkin, David Roberts and Rebecca Ross, and designed by Guglielmo Rossi. It is produced with financial support from the UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities.

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Urban Pamphleteer #1

Future and Smart Cities Urban Pamphlet

Future & Smart Cities

Future and Smart Cities is the first in the Urban Pamphleteer Series. The series, from the UCL Urban Laboratory, draws on the history of radical pamphleteering to stimulate debate and instigate change. It features some of the best thinkers on urban issues, including Muki Haklay, Sarah Bell, Alan Penn, Christoph Lindner, John Bingham-Hall, Brian Dixon, Laura Vaughan, Mike Crang & Stephen Graham, Regner Ramos, Susan Collins, Yvonne Rogers, Licia Capra & Johannes Schöning, and Antoine Picon.

The series is edited by Ben Campkin and Rebecca Ross, and designed by Guglielmo Rossi. It is produced with financial support from the UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities.

The series was launched on 26 April 2013 at Cities Methodologies, UCL Urban Laboratory's annual exhibition, held at the Slade Research Centre, UCL.

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Imagining the Future City: London 2062

London 2062 Cover Image (Final Version)

A book based on the London 2062 work, edited by Sarah Bell and James Paskins, was published in November 2013.

Download a free copy of Imagining the Future City: London 2062 from Ubiquity Press

The London 2062 book features new work that addresses London’s future, including academic writing, opinion pieces and illustrations. The book also features the winning entries from the London 2062 competition, which invited contributions from UCL students.

For more details about the book please visit the London 2062 website.

2012 

UCL Lancet Healthy Cities Commission

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"The Commission ... proposes a new approach to the analysis and promotion of urban health, one that recognises the uniqueness and complexity of cities."

Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet

Following the first UCL-Lancet Commission on the Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change (published in The Lancet on 16 May 2009), UCL and The Lancet are collaborating again on a second Commission report. 

The Healthy Cities Commission is a UCL Grand Challenge on Sustainable Cities project on the role that urban planning can and should play in delivering health improvements through reshaping the urban fabric of our cities. The project has involved 19 academics and students from a variety of disciplines led by Yvonne Rydin, Professor of Planning Environment and Public Policy in the UCL Bartlett School of Planning.


Abstract from GCSC Healthy Cities Commission Report

UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities Healthy Cities Commission

Abstract from GCSC Healthy Cities Commission report 

With almost thirty years experience from the Healthy Cities movement, we are increasingly aware of the features that transform a city into a healthy one. What is less well understood is how to deliver the potential health benefits and how to ensure that they reach all citizens in urban contexts across the world. This is an increasingly important task given that the majority of the world’s population already live in cities and that, with current high rates of urbanisation; many millions more will soon do so. We provide an analysis of how health outcomes are part of the complexity of urban processes, arguing against the assumption that urban health outcomes will improve with economic growth and demographic change. Instead, we highlight the role that urban planning can and should play in delivering health improvements through reshaping the urban fabric of our cities. We consider this through case studies of sanitation and wastewater management, urban mobility, building standards, the urban heat island effect and urban agriculture. We follow this with a discussion of the implications of a complexity approach for planning of urban environments, emphasising project-based experimentation and evaluation leading to self-reflection and dialogue.


Key Messages

  • Cities are complex systems, so that health outcomes are emergent properties
  • The urban advantage in health outcomes has to be actively promoted and maintained
  • Inequalities in health outcomes should be recognised at the urban scale
  • A linear or cyclical planning approach is insufficient in conditions of complexity
  • Urban planning for health needs to emphasise experimentation through projects
  • Evaluation leading to dialogue between stakeholders and self-reflection is essential

This is an abstract of a report submitted in February 2012 for publication in The Lancet.

The project has involved 19 academics and students from a variety of disciplines led by Yvonne Rydin, Professor of Planning Environment and Public Policy in the UCL Bartlett School of Planning.


Stemming the Flow

Stemming the Flow

Stemming the flow poster

Stemming the Flow: A New Direction for Climate Change Governance

A poster presentations from the Carbon Governance Project that considers the links between energy governance and climate change governance.

The presentation considers the tensions between the two regimes and argues that a more integrated approach is required to avoid conflicting agendas and to create synergies in policy making.

 2011

Urban Water Poverty

International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development cover
A special issue of the International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development

A special issue of IJUSD covering Urban Water Poverty was edited by Adriana Allen (DPU) and Sarah Bell (CEGE). The special issue built on work supported by the UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities: a Public Panel discussion (pdf) and an Expert Symposium, led by Adriana Allen and Sarah Bell

This publication brings together diverse interdisciplinary perspectives seeking answers to the following questions:

  • What do we know about urban water poverty and how to tackle it?
  • What additional conceptual frameworks can shed light into the way in which water material and immaterial flows produce cities and accumulation and deprivation within them?
  • What needs to be done differently if we are to put this knowledge into practice up to and beyond 2015?

More information about the special issue of the IJUSD

More information about the supporting events can be found on the Urban Water Poverty Project Page.


Adriana Allen is a Senior Lecturer at UCL Development Planning Unit (DPU) and Co-director of the Environment Institute theme on Sustainable Cities

Sarah Bell is a Senior Lecturer at UCL Civil, Geomatic & Environmental Engineering (CEGE) and Co-director of the Environment institute theme on Water Security

Food Junctions Cookbook

Food Junctions Cookbook

The Food Junctions Cookbook ties people together through a common interest in food, and represents a genuine collaboration between UCL, London’s local communities and beyond.

The Food Junctions Cookbook is more than a recipe book, it includes things to cook, but mixes in practice, politics and pleasure. Some 70 contributors share their ‘living recipes’ for things to eat, things to think about and above all things to do. Get yourself ready to try some of these living recipes: how to taste wine, open up a catering co-op, deal with food waste, prevent children obesity, make delicious dishes from wild plants and grow food in the city.

This Cookbook is another step on a collective journey that began with Food Junctions in 2010, which explored the significance of food, culminating in a festival that celebrated food in and as community, and shared new ways of thinking about what we produce and consume.

*The book is sold on a not for profit basis: proceeds from sales are used to continue this project and to support local communities around London.

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