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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.

Equal by Design: additional screening

Start: Jun 28, 2016 7:00:00 PM
End: Jun 28, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Equal by Design
Join Urban Lab Films for an encore screening of Equal By Design by Peg Rawes and Beth Lord.

The Storm: A Utopian Forecast for London?

Start: Jun 29, 2016 7:00:00 PM
End: Jun 29, 2016 9:00:00 PM

The Storm: A Utopian Forecast for London?
In dialogue and collaboration with artist collective Fourthland, UCL Urban Laboratory will host an experimental pedagogy - using performance as research - to unpick narratives of London's regeneration. The Storm: A Utopian Forecast for London? weaves together layers of narratives within regeneration, urban planning and grass-roots movements into a participatory re-enactment.
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