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Writing the city [into the urban]

Start: May 3, 2018 5:00:00 PM
End: May 4, 2018 6:30:00 PM

Writing the City [into the urban]
In the aftermath of the May 1968 uprising in Paris, Henri Lefebvre published in 1970 his classic treatise La Révolution Urbaine where he pointedly placed the urban in the centre of this revolution, identifying a theoretical need for the concept of the urban as a planetary possibility, one he considered more appropriate than a redundant notion of the city as a social scientific object. With its English translation in 2003 there has been a renewed interest in his hypothesis of the planetarisation of the urban, triggering a contested debate of planetary urbanisation where the continued relevance of the city has become a moot point. As the resulting city/urban dialectical tension has led to a gratuitous intellectual standoff, there is an urgent need to clear the impasse and seek more fruitful modes of engagement.

Urban Rooms keynote: Christine Gaspar, Centre for Urban Pedagogy, New York

Start: May 8, 2018 6:30:00 PM
End: May 8, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Urban Rooms, Civic Schools & City Learning
As part of our exhibition and symposium on the past, present and future of Urban Rooms, please join us for a keynote lecture by Christine Gaspar, Executive Director of New York City's Centre for Urban Pedagogy.

Urban Rooms, Civic Schools & City Learning symposium and exhibition

Start: May 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM
End: May 9, 2018 6:00:00 PM

Urban Rooms, Civic Schools & City Learning
This one-day symposium will discuss the past, present and future of urban rooms and civic schools in the UK to inform the vision for UCL’s Urban Room at UCL's new campus in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford. The event brings together practitioners and thinkers of different generations who have worked to engage people with their surroundings in order to discuss further action. It will uncover their history, discuss its current iterations and explore future possibilities.

Urban Salon: Art Festivals and the City

Start: May 17, 2018 6:00:00 PM
End: May 17, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Art Festivals and the City - Documenta
The 2017 edition of the Documenta art festival featured a satellite event in Athens, outside of its regular host city Kassel. Held every five years, Documenta is widely considered one of the most influential contemporary art festivals, which has historically been known for its field-configuring provocations. The latest edition, however, garnered criticism of its excursion abroad as "crisis tourism," a way to exploit the political and financial situation in Athens for cultural consumption.

Urban Lab Films: New Town Utopia

Start: May 24, 2018 6:20:00 PM
End: May 24, 2018 8:30:00 PM

New Town Utopia
From Utopian dreams to concrete realities, New Town Utopia charts the challenging, funny, and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon, Essex.

Unmoored Cities: Radical Urban Futures and Climate Catastrophes

Start: May 25, 2018 10:00:00 AM
End: May 25, 2018 6:00:00 PM

Tomas Saraceno, Observatory, Air-port City (2008). Psycho Buildings, Hayward Gallery June 2008
As countless studies have demonstrated, cities are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Indeed, many of the world’s cities are at risk of becoming ‘unmoored’, whether literally sunk beneath rising sea waters or tidal rivers or forced to relocate entirely. Such possible urban futures challenge our imaginations to think through the physical, social and cultural consequences of climate change; yet, on the whole, the current literature on climate change and cities focuses on the mitigation of rather than adaption to those consequences.

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