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Post-Democracy Meets Post-Colony: London as a theory destination

Start: Nov 26, 2015 6:00:00 PM

As urban studies responds to shifting trends in global urbanisation, a much wider range of urban experience is informing understandings of urban processes. This lecture will consider how innovations in the practice of comparative analysis can support such an expansion in the horizon of conceptualisation.

Change by Design report launch: Euston's contested sites

Start: Nov 30, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Nov 30, 2015 8:00:00 PM

Change by Design report launch and debate: collective sites in Euston
London is undergoing a rapid transformation. Where is the space for communities in these visions?

Writing Comparisons workshop

Start: Dec 2, 2015 2:00:00 PM
End: Dec 2, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Writing Comparisons Workshop
This workshop seeks to discuss and share how we can put recent developments in comparative urban research into practice.

Rodrigo Firmino – Situating Architecture Lecture Series

Start: Dec 7, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Dec 7, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Splintering Surveillance as a New Territorial Layer
Besides the hype and enthusiasm surrounding the possibilities of an increasing capacity for central control of the urban environment justified by the dream of smart urbanism, the city is also made up of a series of scattered networks of technologies and practices. These form a fluid network of devices and systems that participate in the formation of an intangible territorial layer made of ephemeral appropriations of space with various levels of interconnection, systematization and complexity. I believe there is an informal and unnegotiated form of territorialization―part of what David Lyon and Zygmunt Bauman call “liquid surveillance”―that is fundamentally supported by the possibilities for smarter control over actions in the urban space offered by ever smaller and more invisible technologies.

Good City Life

Start: Dec 9, 2015 3:00:00 PM
End: Dec 9, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Good City Life
Dr Daniele Quercia from Bell Labs will present a lecture organised by the UCL Department of Computer Science.

Invisible Surplus Space: Art in Urban Settings

Start: Dec 9, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Dec 9, 2015 7:00:00 PM

In Wasted Lives: Modernity and Its Outcasts, the sociologist Zygmunt Bauman argues that the waste management and security industries are modern inventions inevitably created in the process of making a modern city, yet society endeavours to make the existence of these spaces invisible in the public realm.

Differentiated Mobilities in Contested Cities: Towards Comparative Approaches

Start: Feb 2, 2016 1:30:00 PM
End: Feb 2, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Urban Salon
In this Urban Salon workshop, we aim to explore urban contestation in various cities through the lens of mobility, and to work towards creating comparative frameworks to study mobilities in contested cities.

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