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Urban Lab+ London Symposium 2015

Start: Sep 16, 2015 9:00:00 AM
End: Sep 17, 2015 8:00:00 PM

Cities Methodologies 2014
UCL Urban Laboratory will host a major international symposium on global approaches to urban higher education on 16 and 17 September 2015.

LIVINGMAPS: Indigenous Cartographies

Start: Jun 9, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Jun 9, 2015 8:00:00 PM

Maps have often been used to stake territorial claims over resources. This practice is not confined to the era of European colonialism, it continues to be an operating principle of nation states or multi-national corporations wherever they seek to extend their domains by ignoring or delegitimising the customary rights of indigenous peoples. In this seminar we will be looking at how far cartography can become a means of resistance challenging the prerogatives of power and re-asserting historical entitlements to land and landscape.

Michael Bravo
Envisioning Inuit Homelands with Trails and Tracks: a Discussion of the Pan-Inuit Atlas

Jerome Lewis
Using Maps to Create a Third Space in Which to Contest Power: Experiences From the Extreme Citizen Science Group UCL

Michael is based at the Scott Polar Research Institute where his current project is producing the Pan-Inuit Trails Atlas. He is the author of Narrating the Arctic (2002). Jerome has been working to support Pygmy hunter-gatherers defend their land and rights since 1993. He currently co-directs the Extreme Citizen Science Group at UCL to develop indigenously co-designed mapping software for smartphones to address problems identified by participants.

Reactivating the Social Condenser! Architecture against Privation

Start: May 18, 2015 10:00:00 AM
End: May 18, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Yoga at the Narkomin, Moscow, July 2014
'In the habits and attitudes of the mass population, low-voltage activity and a weak consciousness would be focused through the circuits of these ‘social condensers’ into high-voltage catalysts of change.' (Moisei Ginzburg, 1927)

Urban Lab Films: Cities After Hours

Start: May 13, 2015 6:30:00 PM
End: May 13, 2015 8:30:00 PM

Urban Lab Films: Cities After Hours
In the second Nocturnal City screening, in the newly opened studio of the Bloomsbury Theatre, we explore the inequalities of the city at night, from those who work, those who unwind, and those who sleep rough.

Informal urbanism: grassroots activities and city leadership

Start: May 11, 2015 10:00:00 AM
End: May 11, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Informal urbanism: grassroots activities and city leadership
Informal or grassroots arts and cultural activities constitute an important part of urban life in showing an alternative to mainstream forms of cultural production, consumption and uses of public space in the city. Likewise informal transport, street commerce, and other sectors often support more responsive, vital urbanisms by interweaving and managing broad sets of urban spaces, practices, and populations at finer grained levels with greater flexibility. However, little is known about the ways in which grassroots organisations, informal practices and self-managed venues contribute to the city's everyday life and interact with formal institutions. Linking the work of the City Leadership Initiative on urban strategies and informality in planning with the investigations on informal urban culture at City University’s Department of Culture & Creative Studies, will bring together experts to foster a critical debate about the relationship between the formal and the informal in contemporary urban life. The studio will in particular offer a window of engagement between the analysis of the cultural sector and of other dimensions of informality, as well as between these and the study of urban governance. The studio seeks to take up the challenge of capturing data for an evidence-based framework that advocates the value of informal cultural, transport, street markets to social life, the development of the creative economy and urban revitalisation.

Urban Lab Films: Nights in the Electric City

Start: Apr 30, 2015 7:00:00 PM
End: Apr 30, 2015 10:00:00 PM

Urban Lab Films present Nights in the Electric City (poster)
An evening of screenings and discussion about nightlife in early-twentieth century cities, with live musical accompaniment by one of the leading silent film pianists, Stephen Horne.

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