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Stadtkolloquium 6th Annual Workshop

Start: Mar 30, 2015 12:00:00 AM
End: Mar 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Stadtkolloquium's 6th Annual Workshop will take place over Monday 30 - Tuesday 31 March 2015 at UCL.

Situating Architecture: term 2 lecture series

Start: Mar 28, 2015 1:00:00 PM
End: Mar 28, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Situating Architecture: term 2 seminar programme
The Bartlett School of Architecture's new architectural history lecture programme, drawing on academics from the institution, continues during the second academic term of 2014/15.


Start: Mar 26, 2015 6:15:00 PM
End: Mar 26, 2015 7:30:00 PM

Part of The Nocturnal City series. Dr Matthew Beaumont (Co-director, UCL Urban Laboratory and Senior Lecturer, UCL English) discusses nightwalking in London in a public lecture complementing the release of his new book Night Walking: A Nocturnal History of London (Verso, 2015), a captivating literary portrait of writers who explored the city at night, and the people they met.

Writing across diverse urban contexts: Informality in Tallinn, Bafatá & Berlin

Start: Mar 18, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 18, 2015 8:00:00 PM

Comparative urbanism
Urban research has long related informality to a lack of state capacity or a failure of formal institutions. This assumption not only lacks attention to the heterogeneous logics and relations through which informality is produced by multiple actors in- and outside of the state, it has also created a dividing line between states. Whereas some states are understood to manage urban development through a coherently functioning state apparatus, others presumably fail to regulate. To unmake and reframe such understandings this paper offers both a theoretical discussion and an empirical exploration of the ways in which informality is infused in processes of governance in cities across the globe.

Regeneration: Imaginaries of Decline and Renewal

Start: Mar 12, 2015 6:30:00 PM
End: Mar 12, 2015 8:00:00 PM

Aylesbury Estate viewed from Chiltern
In this talk Dr. Ben Campkin (Director, UCL Urban Laboratory) will consider how the definition, discourse and practice of regeneration in London have shifted from the 1920s to the present. He will focus, in particular, on housing, with an example from the 1920s, an historical evaluation of the architectural, political and cultural representation of the Aylesbury Estate, and a coda linked to the Olympic-led redevelopment of East London. Using exemplars of particular types of urban image taken from related contexts internationally, he will examine the wider imaginaries of social, material and spatial disorder encircling each London site.

Un-Learning from Lynch: Cinema and Architecture in the Alley Behind the Marketplace

Start: Mar 11, 2015 2:00:00 PM
End: Mar 11, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Un-Learning from Lynch: Lost Highway poster
Part of The Nocturnal City series. How might the work of the American film director David Lynch speak to contemporary urban and architectural concerns?

Beyond incommensurability, methodological regionalism and the Global North/South divide: the challenges of thinking Naples as an ordinary city

Start: Mar 5, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 5, 2015 8:00:00 PM

For centuries Naples has been been viewed by foreigners, Italians and Neapolitans themselves to be something of an urban exception. Especially since Italian Unification, the city has been persistently diagnosed as a backward and undeveloped metropolis that lacks the accoutrements of urban modernity and civility. The image of an aberrant city has not always been seen in a negative light: Walter Benjamin and Asja Lacis, for example, identified in Naples a primordial and ‘porous’ urbanism that offered a seductive alternative to the northern European urban life.
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