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Cities Methodologies 2012

Cities Methodologies is an annual exhibition and programme of events showcasing innovative urban research methodologies.

Inaugurated in 2009, Cities Methodologies is an initiative to showcase innovative methods of urban research from across UCL and the wider urban research community. Through peer-reviewed exhibits and events, it draws together undergraduate, masters, and doctoral research, alongside work produced by academics and other researchers and practitioners. Cities Methodologies promotes cross- and inter-disciplinary work and in 2012 showcased recent research on a wide range of cities including Detroit, Paris, London, Johannesburg, Mumbai and Beirut.

Visitors to Cities Methodologies will encounter diverse methods of urban research in juxtaposition - from archival studies to digital media experiments, practice-led art, architectural and design work to film-making, soundscapes, games and public sculpture.

Cities Methodologies 2014

Cities Methodologies 2014

Dates: 28 - 31 October 2014
Venue: Slade Research Centre, UCL


Cities Methodologies 2014 took place in October 2014. Click on the poster for the programme (pdf).

For this edition, we received a record number of applications from urban researchers across the globe to exhibit and showcase their work in the week-long programme.

The successful applicants represent the bredth and interdisciplinary nature of the study into urbanism and cities. Internationally, the work spans countries as diverse as India, Hong Kong, Kenya, Japan, Lebanon, Italy, Brazil, Turkey, Ethiopia, Greece and the United States.

The programme features innovative means of researching the city, from an interactive performance that questions the formation of urban space through storytelling, a series of walks using technology in Soho, photography in Hackney and graffiti in Waterloo, to the launch of Urban Pamphleteer #3: Design & Trust.

This edition of Cities Methodologies also launched Cities Imaginaries, the new Urban Lab programme of events and research on the representation of cities in literature and media. The novelist and academic, Amit Chaudhuri, gave a lecture on 'The New Provinces: A writer's changing relationship to the ordinary in the time of globalisation'.

Hear the audio guides // See the photos // Read the events blog

Cities Methodologies 2014 (Spring edition)

Cities Methodologies 2014 (Spring edition)

Dates: 28 April - 2 May 2014
Venue: Slade Research Centre, UCL

CM Spring 2014 poster

As the main Cities Methodologies moved to October in 2014, a smaller-scale events-led exhibition of research-in-progress was created in the spring. (Click on the poster for the PDF programme)

The programme engaged with a range of diverse topics, with highlights including a seminar on the life and work of Ruth Glass, the UCL sociologist who 50 years ago coined the influential term ‘gentrification’, drawing together scholars who knew or were taught by her. Cross-disciplinary groups of researchers and practitioners also presented novel approaches to heritage, as the built environment takes on new social, cultural and economic importance as a repository of collective memory – in tension with the increasing threat of erasure through new development. Emerging scholars and artists led ground-breaking critical guided walks through London, focusing on the City, the River Fleet and King’s Cross, and explicitly reflecting on walking as a way of better understanding cities and urban experience.

Three installations – on architecture and fire, urban walking and the photography of Balfron House – were housed throughout the week in the Slade Research Centre.

List of events:

Remembering Ruth Glass and the Centre for Urban Studies at UCL / UCL Urban Laboratory Literary Fellow writing workshops / Walking Methodologies: A Silent Circle / Bartlett Research Exchange: Cultural Heritage / AHRC Housing and Wellbeing Symposium: Equalities of Wellbeing & Housing Workshop / Walking Methodologies: Money Walks: Profit, Power and Pedestrians in the City of London / Photographing Balfron Tower / Buildings on Fire: Towards a New Approach to Urban Memory / Participatory Photography in Practice / Walking Methodologies: Lost Fleet River / Making Cities Better: Urban Theory and Practice / Engineering Exchange / Demolish or Refurb? / Walking Methodologies: Tracing Invisible Londons / Walking Methodologies: Learning to Walk, roundtable

Cities Methodologies 2013

Cities Methodologies 2013

Dates: 23 - 26 April 2013
Venue: Slade Research Centre, UCL

CM 2013 poster

Cities Methodologies 2013 featured work from undergraduates, masters and PhD students as well as academic staff and the wider local and international community of researchers and practicioners developing new methods to tackle urban questions (Click on the poster for the PDF programme).

The 2013 edition of Cities Methodologies closed with the launch of Urban Pamphleteer #1: Design & Trust, the first in a series of illustrated pamphlets collating and presenting expert voices, across disciplines, professions, and community groups, around one pressing contemporary urban challenge.

The curatorial commitee was chaired by Dr Claire Thomson (UCL Scandinavian Studies), with Wesley Aelbrecht (Bartlett School of Architecture), Sabina Andron (Bartlett School of Architecture), Dr Pushpa Arabindoo (UCL Geography), Dr Camillo Boano (Bartlett Development Planning Unit), Dr Ben Campkin (UCL Urban Laboratory), Dr Adam Drazin (UCL Anthropology), Dr Ger Duijzings (UCL School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies), Laura Hirst (UCL Urban Laboratory), Dr Caroline Newton (UCL Bartlett Development Planning Unit) and Kieren Reed (UCL Slade School of Fine Art).

A full list of 2013 exhibitors is below - click on the links to see videos of the presentations.

Luisa Alpahão – Architrope - Dana Ariel - Anchor and Magnet - Raphaële Biddault-Waddington - Anja Borowicz & Vanessa Maurice-Williams - David Roberts & Andrea Luka Zimmerman - Ben Campkin & Rebecca Ross – Max ColsonRichard Dennis, Carlos Galviz & Sam Merrill – Bernadette Devilat – Fugitive Images – Michael Hebbert – Hanna Hilbrandt, Anna Richter, Thomas Le Bas, Fiona McDermott, Nayeli Zimmermann, Jenny Baese  - William Hunter – isik.knutsdotter – Peter Ivanov, Yegor Korobeynikov, Yuriy Milevsky & Kristina Popova - Felipe Lanuza Rilling - Little Red Dots - MA Architectural History module, UCL: Theorising Practices/Practising Theory: Art, Architecture and Urbanism - MA Culture, Materials, Design, UCL - Material Museum - Ioana Marinescu & Tapio Snellman - Nela Milic - Gynna Millan, Juraj Rutsek & Matt Wood-Hill - Isis Nunez Ferrera - Hilary Powell - Harriet Poznansky - Screens in the Wild (UCL, University of Nottingham & the drawing shed) - Simson & Volley - Andrew Stevenson - Giorgio Talocci & Camillo Boano - Maider Uriarte & Luisa Alpalhão - Henrietta Williams

Max Colson - Hide and Seek: the Dubious Nature of Plant Life in High Security Spaces by Adam Walker-Smith

Michael Hebbert, Klimaatlas: revealing the invisible city

The Secret Security Guard - Undercover at the Olympics - Henrietta Williams

Hilary Powell - Bartlett Artist in Residence - Book of Hours - chapter 1

Felipe Lanuza Rilling Silva - Materializing Absence: the Present of the Heygate Estate

Andrew Stevenson - 16 Cities: Participatory potentials for sensory ethnographies in exploring place-making in newcomers to a city

150 Years Underground by Rail - Memory, Archive and Heritage with Richard Dennis, Carlos Galviz, Sam Merrill  

The Cultural Formation of the Changing Haggerston Estate - David Roberts & Andrea Luka Zimmerman 

Cities Methodologies 2012

Cities Methodologies 2012

Cities Methodologies 2012 poster

Dates: 4 - 7 July 2012
Venue: Slade Research Centre, UCL

In 2012, through a public call for participants, we particularly‚ though not exclusively‚ welcomed proposals on:

• Collaborative/public methods for urban research

• Mega events and urban change

• Housing and dishousing

2012 contributors included:

Adriana Allen-Rachel Alliston-Sarah Bayliss-Megan Bradshaw-Otto von Busch-Ben Campkin-Caterina Carola-Vanesa Castán Broto-Alejandra Celedon-Paul Charman-Julian Cheyne-Steven Chodoriwsky-Philip Comerford-Steve Dowding-Andreas Eriksson-Ismail Farouk-Gynna Franco-Hayley Gewer-Mohamad Hafeda-Hanna Hilbrandt-Steven Hobbs-Sandra Jasper-Sebastian Juhnke-David Kroll-Angela Last-Matteo Melioli-Rebecca Merrill-Ignacia Mesa-Agnieszka Mlicka-City as Interface: Ava Fatah gen Schieck, Moritz Behrens, Tasos Varoudis, Christos Chondros, Eleni Georgiadou, Lida Theodorou, Stefanos Gkougkoustamos, Yimeng Tang, Martin Traunmueller-MSc Building and Urban Design in Development-MSc Urban Studies-Azzurra Muzzonigro-Marcus Neustetter-Benny Nilsen-Farid Noufaily-Fíacha O’Dubhda-Alexandra Parry-Brent Pilkey-Hilary Powell-Liz Rideal-David Roberts-Mireille Roddier-Rebecca Ross-Troy Schaum-Rachel Scicluna-Ariel Shepherd-Rosalyne Shieh-Simson&Volley-Martin Slavin-Carolyn Smith-Anna Subirats-Johan Thom-Evren Uzer-Mike Wells-Peter R.H. Wood-Laura Weatherly-Daniele Zacchi

Cities Methodologies 2011

Cities Methodologies 2011

Dates: 4 - 7 May 2011
Venue: Slade Research Centre, UCL

CM 2011 poster

Cities Methodologies 2011 featured participants from across UCL, as well as from De Montfort University, Columbia, University of Edinburgh, ETH Zurich,Goldsmiths, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, LSE, University of Manchester, National University of the Arts, Bucharest, Queen Mary's University of London, and the University of Westminster.

The programme was organised by Wesley Aelbrecht (Bartlett School of Architecture), Dr Ben Campkin (Bartlett School of Architecture), Dr Susan Collins (UCL Slade School of Fine Art), Dr Ger Duijzings (UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies), and Lucy Toseland (Slade School of Fine Art). The curatorial committe also included Dr Susan Collins (Slade School of Fine Art) and Prof Jane Rendell (Bartlett School of Architecture).

The opening evening saw a performance by T.R.I.P.O.D. A list of other exhibits is below:

Nana Adusei-Poku and Füsun Türetken, No Name in the Street

Ximena Alarcon, Sounding Underground

Yun Jie Chung and Brent Pilkey, Do Ho Suh, The Bridge Project

Inês Dantas, Wohnwald: Inhabitable Urban Forest

Carolyn Deby, citysited/1

Ming Deng, Jacob Wilson and Mayuri Sisodia, Orhan in the City

Max Dewdney, Chiaroscuro City

Oliver Gregory, Lucia Caistor, Samira Islam, Matthew Wright, The Heygate

Mohamad Hafeda, Sewing Sound

Suzanne Hall and Juliet Davis and others, City Street

Benjamin Holzman, Hold My Hand

Thomas Jenkins, The City

SubREAL, Interviewing the Cities

Iosif Kiraly and others, Ro-Archive

Mircea Nicolae, Glass Globes / 25 Demolished Houses

Benjamin Leclair-Paquet, West Bank Lab: Military Urbanism and Border Bending

Manu Luksch, Mapping CCTV around Whitehall and Blue-sky Blueprint

Hilary Powell, Structures of Enchantment: Pop-Up Books in/on progress

Sophia Psarra, Detroit: the Fall of the Public Realm

Bradley L. Garrett, Jonathan Prior and Brian Rosa, Jute

Seijin Kim, Hana_Set

Maria Sfaellou, London - the City of Senses

Simson&Volley, Project Project, Protest!

Dorian Wiszniewski and others, Florence: Curating The City.

Cities Methodologies, Bucharest 2010

Cities Methodologies, Bucharest 2010

Dates: 28 October - 5 November 2010
The Scarlat‐Ghica House

CM Bucharest image

The concept for CitiesMethodologies|Bucharest was taken from the first edition of Cities Methodologies in 2009, but with a local and regional focus, looking at the trajectories of Central and East European cities such as Bucharest, and also with a more clearly defined thematic focus, i.e. the (socialist and post-socialist) built environment and its impact on urban mobility and movement. As the London edition had a strong East European component (with projects covering Belgrade, Berlin, Bucharest, Budapest, Warsaw, and Zagreb), exhibits presented in London were transfered to Bucharest to be showcased as part of CitiesMethodologies|Bucharest.

The aim was to show concrete examples of new and innovative approaches which are pushing the boundaries of urban research, and which may be based in the arts, sociology, anthropology, urban planning, architecture, etc. Instead of looking at ‘end products’ of how cities are represented, the objective was to look at how urban researchers and ‘explorers’ (artists, academics, practicioners, and others) make their hands dirty in terms of the practical choices (and mistakes) they make in the process of data gathering, and the way their practices intervene in the everyday life of cities. Some of these practices may be intentional interventions to provoke public response, others may be attempts to map a particular place, or critically approach urban policies or programmes, or theoretically reflect on the concepts used to understand urban realities in the confrontation between disciplinary perspectives, etc. Given the complex and systemic problems faced by contemporary cities in Romania and beyond, innovative and flexible multi- and interdisiciplinary research methodologies and formats are urgently required.

Over three days, visitors had not only an opportunity to see and study the exhibits, but also talk to artists, sociologists and anthropologists, architects and urban planners. To read more about CitiesMethodologies|Bucharest visit citiesmethodologies.wordpress.com.

Click on the image to view a PDF of the CitiesMethodologies|Bucharest publication.

Cities Methodologies 2010

Cities Methodologies 2010

Dates: 5 - 7 May 2010
Venue: Slade Research Centre, UCL

Cities Methodologies 2010

Cities Methodologies 2010 presented innovations in urban methods from researchers at UCL. Through the juxtaposition of installations, films, maps, models, objects, performances, photographs, poems, talks, texts, walks, websites and workshops, visitors encountered a diverse array of cities and urban conditions from literature in London, to flyovers in Mumbai, from movement and spatial organisation in Jeddah, to fear in New York City, and housing in Lisbon seen through cinema.

The exhibition and events programme provided insights into emerging and experimental methods in the urban field, looking right across the full spectrum of disciplines in which the city is predominant, including distinctive perspectives and interdisciplinary collaborations from the built environment, the arts and humanities and the social and historical sciences.

Presenters and exhibitors included: Wesley Aelbrecht | Adriana Allen | Pushpa Arabindoo and Camillo Boana | Daniel Lobo Azeredo | Rosalina Babourkova & Zhang Le-Zin | Matthew Beaumont | James N. Blomstrand | Ben Campkin & Rebecca Ross | Darryl Chen | Rosario Del Vikki | Richard Dennis | Barbara Dovarch and Gynna Millan | Lee Eunkyung | Matthew Gandy | Sam Griffiths (BSGS Space Group) | Mohamad Hafeda | Andrew Harris | Jeremy Hutchison | Matthew Ingleby | Rebecca James | Thomas-Bernard Kenniff | Roland Francois Lack | Benjamin J. Leclair-Paquet | Stephen Lorimer | Leah Lovett | Kieran Mahon | Rastko Novakovic | Liz Rideal | David Roberts | Peter Sant | Simson & Volley | Sarah K. Stanley | Julia Tcharfas | Sandra Wallman | Jung Woon | Salma Zavari.

Cities Methodologies 2009

Cities Methodologies 2009

Dates: 27 - 29 May 2009
Venue: Slade Research Centre, UCL

Cities Methodologies 2009

The first edition of Cities Methodologies was organised and curated by Ger Duijzings and John Aiken. The event comprised of an exhibition, a series of workshops and talks exploring innovative methodologies in urban research, with input from a variety of disciplines, but with a special emphasis on the arts and humanities. The starting point was the idea that the arts and humanities can bring an understanding of the subjective experience of living in cities, by zooming in on the people that inhabit these urban spaces, offering an intimate and close-up view of people’s problems, experiences and perceptions. The aim was to creatively juxtapose the methods of the various disciplines to uncover these subjective realities, from oral history, literature, photography, film-making, to public art and street art, architecture and urban planning.

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