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Cities After Hours: The Nocturnal City

Start: May 25, 2016 10:15:00 AM
End: May 25, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Underground station at night
As the notion of London as a 24 hour city is debated and plans for the Night Tube are put into motion, we will consider the way in which cities have been the loci of inclusion and exclusion, policing and controlling, after-hours. RSVP on Eventbrite now.

LIVINGMAPS: Joe Gerlach on 'Vernacular Cartographies'

Start: May 25, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: May 25, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Thomas Hirschhorn's (2007) 'Spinoza Map'
*NOTICE: Due to the UCU national strike action on 25 and 26 May, this event will no longer go ahead as planned. We will aim to reschedule in the new academic year (starting in September 2016). If you purchased a ticket, you can claim a refund from the point of sale.*

I, Anna: Cities After Hours film screening

Start: May 25, 2016 6:30:00 PM
End: May 25, 2016 9:00:00 PM

I, Anna
The film director Barnaby Southcombe will present his feature film I, Anna (2012), a noir thriller set in London, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

Street Art is a Period. Period!

Start: May 25, 2016 6:30:00 PM
End: May 25, 2016 7:30:00 PM

100 Days of Leake Street
As part of the UCL Festival of Culture, this session will argue that Street Art is an artistic Period, a practice that has now come to the end of its innovational lifespan. Exploring the classificatory confusion that has now enveloped it, terminological boundaries having been modified so much from above to now include practices radically other to its original intent, Dr Rafael Schacter will examine both what Street Art was and what it is now, emphasising the inadequacy of the term today. Coming latterly to explore what lies at the avant-garde of contemporary Graffiti and Street Art practice, Rafael will establish a new term - Intermural Art - a neologism that seeks to describe the most progressive work emergent from this artistic milieu today.

Shardology: preliminary screening

Start: May 26, 2016 5:15:00 PM
End: May 26, 2016 5:45:00 PM

Shardology / Credit: Tom Wolseley
As part of the UCL Festival of Culture, Tom Wolseley (Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence, UCL Urban Laboratory) will screen preliminary footage from ‘Vertical Horizons’, a meditative film about Western Europe’s tallest building, The Shard.

The Ailing City: Spaces of Urban Emergency Care in Code Black

Start: May 26, 2016 6:30:00 PM
End: May 26, 2016 9:00:00 PM

Code Black
Cities are modernity’s ever-changing hubs of people, architectures and culture. Time and time again, the intense urban environment has been perceived as causing sickness or influencing the experiences of illness. The metaphorical rhetoric of disease has also been applied to unwanted transformations of city architecture and culture.

Turning Tables launch: Reporting from the Education Front (La Biennale di Venezia)

Start: May 28, 2016 4:00:00 PM
End: May 28, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Turning Tables launch invite: Reporting from the Education Front (La Biennale di Venezia)
Join UCL Urban Laboratory and the URBAN LAB+ network for the launch event of Turning Tables at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, responding to this year's theme Reporting from the Front.

Book Launch: The Participatory City

Start: Jun 1, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: Jun 1, 2016 7:30:00 PM

The Participatory City
The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL is organising a book launch and panel discussion to celebrate the publication of Dr Yasminah Beebeejaun’s edited collection The Participatory City. The book, published by jovis, includes nineteen original essays, and draws on research and professional experience from many different cities from the global North and global South.

The Ailing City: Memory and Lament in Remembrance (Muisteja)

Start: Jun 2, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: Jun 2, 2016 9:30:00 PM

The Ailing City: Memory and Lament in Remembrance (Muisteja)
Cities are modernity’s ever-changing hubs of people, architectures and culture. Time and time again, the intense urban environment has been perceived as causing sickness or influencing the experiences of illness. The metaphorical rhetoric of disease has also been applied to unwanted transformations of city architecture and culture.

The Centre Cannot Hold?

Start: Jun 10, 2016 10:00:00 AM
End: Jun 11, 2016 7:00:00 PM

The Church of Our Lady the Queen of Poland, Świdnica (Lower Silesian voivodship)
The idea of the city dominated by a soaring landmark or a grand epicentre – whether a sacred temple, a secular monument or a Central Business District – was allegedly buried along with utopian high modernity, sometime during the second half of the 20th century. The new urban age taking shape in its place, say politicians, planners and scholars, will be humbler, more sustainable, collaborative and polycentric: eco-cities instead of monumental axes; pop-up innovation hubs rather than palaces of culture; fleeting anti-statues in place of equestrian heroes and sky-high monoliths; Gumtree and Airbnb amid the debris of the Galeries Lafayette and the Grand Hotel.

Book launch: Global Undergrounds

Start: Jun 14, 2016 6:30:00 PM
End: Jun 14, 2016 8:30:00 PM

Sewers in Brighton
Over the last two centuries, the world’s cities have undergone dramatic vertical, above-ground transformations. But at the same time, they have sunk themselves into the ground, in the form of sprawling tendons of tunnels, caverns and bunkers – conduits for transport, utilities and communication or spaces of shelter and storage. Global Undergrounds: Exploring Cities Within (Reaktion, 2016) charts the global reach of urban underground spaces, collecting stories of subterranean sites around the world to reveal the profound – but often unseen – ways they have changed our lives.

Equal by Design: Urban Lab Films presentation

Start: Jun 15, 2016 7:00:00 PM
End: Jun 15, 2016 9:00:00 PM

Equal by Design
Urban Lab Films supports the London public premiere of Equal By Design (2016), a short documentary exploring how the philosophy of Spinoza can help us think about economic equality, housing design, and the crisis in affordable housing.

The Ailing City: Crime Prevention and Future Cities in Minority Report

Start: Jun 16, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: Jun 16, 2016 9:30:00 PM

Minority Report
Cities are modernity’s ever-changing hubs of people, architectures and culture. Time and time again, the intense urban environment has been perceived as causing sickness or influencing the experiences of illness. The metaphorical rhetoric of disease has also been applied to unwanted transformations of city architecture and culture.

Community mapping and citizen social science

Start: Jun 22, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: Jun 22, 2016 8:00:00 PM

The third and final event in a series of collaborations on shape shifiting urban spaces between LIVINGMAPS and UCL Urban Laboratory.

Writing Buildings: Kent School of Architecture conference

Start: Jul 14, 2016 2:00:00 PM
End: Jul 16, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Writing Buildings
Matthew Beaumont, Ben Campkin and Barbara Penner are among the keynote speakers at the Writing Buildings conference at the Kent School of Architecture in July.

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