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Reactivating the Social Condenser! Architecture against Privation

Start: May 18, 2015 9:30:00 AM
End: May 18, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Reactivating the Social Condenser: Architecture against Privation
'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
*Venue change: We will now be in the AV Hill Lecture Theatre on Malet Place. See UCL Maps*

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.
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