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The Ailing City: Displacement and Addiction in Gegen die Wand

Start: May 12, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: May 12, 2016 9:30:00 PM

Gegen die Wand
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.

Global Urbanisms, Regional Specificities

Start: May 16, 2016 5:00:00 PM
End: May 17, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Braamfontein, South Africa
There is a very active debate in urban studies at the moment, exploring the limits of universalist theorisations of the urban while at the same time seeking to engage with the globalisation of urban processes. Drawing on many different strands of theoretical inspiration, urban scholars are concerned to build wider knowledges about the urban across the very great diversity of urban outcomes around the world. It is a time of some theoretical ferment in the field, and the UCL Urban Laboratory has hosted a series of events to address these themes; it is evident that there are many UCL urban scholars contributing to these debates.

Cities Imaginaries Lecture 2016: Linton Kwesi Johnson

Start: May 19, 2016 6:30:00 PM
End: May 19, 2016 7:30:00 PM

Cities Imaginaries Annual Lecture: Linton Kwesi Johnson
UCL Urban Laboratory is pleased to announce that influentual dub poet and recording artist Linton Kwesi Johnson will deliver the 2016 Cities Imaginaries Annual Lecture.

Soho Remapped: Making Space for LGBT Histories

Start: May 24, 2016 6:30:00 PM
End: May 24, 2016 7:30:00 PM

Soho Spirit
Drawn from the Soho Spirit study day hosted in February 2016, this lecture by Marco Venturi as part of the UCL Festival of Culture will summarise efforts to understand perceptions of Soho as a queer space.

Cities After Hours: The Nocturnal City

Start: May 25, 2016 9:00:00 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'
Of late, much has been made of the politics of maps – to the extent that reiterating the ‘power’ of maps has become something of a truism, one that threatens, ironically, the political vibrancy of cartography. Responding to this threat, the lecture examines another way of thinking about the nature and ethics of mapping through the concept of ‘vernacular mapping’. In doing so, the lecture points to a series of recent cartographic events in which the geopolitics of mapping is refigured less as a ‘technology of representation and capture’, and more as a ‘technology of anticipation’; no matter whether it is used in the fields of participatory cartography, mental health practice or political struggle.

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.

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.

Book launch: Global Undergrounds

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

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.

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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