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Dr Claire Colomb appointed as Academic Director (Paris) for UCL Cities Programme

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Metro de Paris Ligne 4 Saint Michel - April 2005 (Credit: Omar Omar on Wikimedia Commons)

Urban Laboratory Steering Committee member, Dr Claire Colomb, has been appointed by UCL to act as Academic Director for Paris in the new UCL Cities Programme.

UCL researchers invited to apply for a Centre for Critical Heritage Small Grant

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Svalbard global seed vault

The UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS) is a collaborative international, interdisciplinary research centre, jointly run between the University of Gothenburg and UCL, exploring the overarching theme of ‘heritage as global challenge’. Operating at UCL as an inter-faculty research centre led by the Institute of Archaeology and supported by the Institute of Advanced Studies, it involves researchers from across the university including in Anthropology, Information Studies, and the UCL Urban Laboratory.

Historian and broadcaster David Olusoga delivers 2018 Cities Imaginaries lecture on the UK’s ‘Orwellian’ housing situation

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David Olusoga at UCL Urban Laboratory Photo Credit Jacob Fairless Nicholson

Historian, broadcaster and film-maker David Olusoga was invited to deliver the 2018 edition of the annual Cities Imaginaries lecture at UCL Urban Laboratory on 22 May.

Urban Rooms: Past - Present - Future exhibition on display until 18 May 2018

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Urban Rooms: Past-Present-Future exhibition

As part of UCL's new campus development in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, UCL Urban Laboratory and partners are proposing an Urban Room for east London - a public-facing exhibition and multi-purpose space for discussion, connection and engagement on cities and urban life. To inform the vision for this new space, a public exhibition of current proposals for urban rooms in Britain has been put on display, alongside archive material from previous incarnations.

UCL appoints Dr Clare Melhuish as new Director of Urban Laboratory

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Clare Melhuish

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Clare Melhuish as the new Director of UCL Urban Laboratory, effective from May 2018. 

Hoe Street Community Bank opens in Walthamstow

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Hoe Street Community Bank

UCL Urban Laboratory is pleased to be supporting a project in the north London suburb of Walthamstow this month. Hoe Street Central Bank will be the centre of an act of citizen money creation and a programme of events on finance, debt and the search for economic alternatives that work more in the public’s favour.

Highlights from Urban Laboratory activities in 2017 featured in The Bartlett Review

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Bartlett Review 2017

The 2017 edition of The Bartlett Review, by UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment, has been published, with short stories and essays that highlight a number of projects and activities from UCL Urban Laboratory.

Outlining the global fault lines of the ‘slum’ narrative

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Slum in Paris by the Pont des Poissonniers André Feigeles Wikimedia

Urban Lab Co-Director Dr Pushpa Arabindoo (Senior Lecturer, UCL Geography) has written an article in The Conversation on the popular representation of 'slums' in the media, and what this signifies for the future of global-level policy initiatives.

Call for papers: Cross-disciplinary conversations on sexualities, queerness and space

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Cross-disciplinary conversations on sexualities, queerness and space

This half-day symposium on the afternoon of Monday 19 March 2018 will bring together postgraduates working in range of disciplines and fields to explore research centring sexualities, queerness and space. The scope of this event is deliberately wide so as to facilitate engagements with sexualities and queer research from a range of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives.

Reorienting the Euro-centric bias in planning and urban studies

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Urban Geopolitics book launch. Image credit: Evelyn Tan

Urban Salon hosted the launch of the new edited collection Urban Geopolitics: Rethinking Planning in Contested Cities on 20 November at UCL. Edited by Jonathan Rokem (UCL Geography) and Camillo Boano (The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL / Urban Lab), the book moves away from loosely defined urban theories and contexts, and argues it is time to start learning from and compare across different ‘contested cities’.

Re-engaging with the histories of place: a report on the EDGE: Border symposium in Folkestone

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Princess Marilyn Douala Manga Bell and JJ Charlesworth on ‘The View from the Edge’ panel at Edge: Situated Practice in Art, Architecture and Urbanism (Folkestone Quarterhouse, 4 November 2017). Credit: Lou Johnson.

Once the main pivot for passenger connection between France and England, Folkestone is a town on the littoral edge of the UK, with an urbanism that connects equally with land and sea. With the more recent construction of the High Speed 1 railway between London and Kent, the town has been gifted the questionable status of dormitory suburb to the Capital.

Call for Papers: Making Southern Urban Policies

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As part of the International Conference on Policy Diffusion and Development Cooperation in São Paulo, Brazil between 16-19 May 2018, UCL Urban Laboratory is a partner for the panel session Making Southern Urban Policies: International Agendas, Transnational Networks and National Programmes.

Doctoral funding available on the Urban Studies, Transport and Architectural Space ESRC DTP pathway

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The Urban Studies, Transport and Architectural Space pathway is one of 25 pathways that comprise the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (UBEL DTP) involving UCL, SOAS, Birkbeck College, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of East London. More details about this partnership can be found at https://ubel-dtp.ac.uk/

Why is Lavani dance experiencing an urban revival in India?

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Artists from Asha Rupa Vaishali Parbhanikar troupe ready to start their performance at a state organised Lavani Festival at NCPA, Mumbai. Credit: Kruti Kothari

Well-known throughout India due to its appearance in popular films, Lavani is a dance form originating in Maharashtra, Western India, that often directly explores themes of female sexuality. However, women who dance Lavani have tended to be characterized as either money-minded manipulators, instrumentally and unscrupulously enlisting the sensuality of their dance to seduce impressionable men and destroy respectable families, or as themselves exploited — victims of caste, class, and gender-inflected sociopolitical structures and age-old relations of marginalization, exclusion and oppression.

Line-up announced for Situating Architecture lecture series

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Hughes House, Nairobi, Kenya (1956). Courtesy of Richard Hughes.

Brought together alongside The Bartlett's MA Architectural History, the Situating Architecture Lecture Series explores the powers and effects of architecture today.

Introduction to the Urban Lab for new and returning UCL students

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Urban Pamphleteer issues 1-3

As induction week begins for newly arriving UCL students, we have produced an introduction pack to the UCL Urban Laboratory, covering our history, current activities, and how students can get involved in our work. You can download the introduction pack here (pdf).

Programmes released for Edge - Situated Practice in Art, Architecture and Urbanism

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Edge: Gateway programme cover

The programmes for each day in the Edge - Situated Practice in Art, Architecture and Urbanism series are now available to view and download online.

London LGBTQ+ venues have more than halved in past decade, Urban Lab report shows

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LGBTQ+ Cultural Infrastructure in London - Night Venues, 2006-present - report cover

The number of LGBTQ+ venues in London has fallen by 58% from 125 to 53 since 2006, according to a new report published today by the UCL Urban Laboratory, and commissioned by the Mayor of London and Greater London Authority (GLA).

Edge - Situated Practice in Art, Architecture and Urbanism

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Edge - Situated Practice in Art, Architecture and Urbanism

UCL Urban Laboratory is pleased to announce a major new trio of symposia in the autumn on the subject of situated practice in contemporary art, architecture and urbanism, in collaboration with the Folkestone Triennial 2017.

Staff promotions announced by UCL

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Staff promotions announced by UCL 2017

A number of academic staff associated with the cross-faculty UCL Urban Laboratory, including three of our Co-Directors, have been issued promotions and new appointments by the college as a recognition of their outstanding achievements.

Urban Lab Films partner for the Architecture Film Festival London

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Architecture Film Festival

UCL Urban Laboratory is a partner for the first Architcture Film Festival in London. This exciting, new biennial event takes place across six days from 6-11 June, with screenings at the ICA, a takeover of the OXO Tower's Bargehouse venue, and an after-party at Corsica Studios.

DPU SummerLab 2017: apply by 3 July for this year's global courses

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DPU summerLab

The DPU summerLab team is glad to announce the launch of the DPU summerLab 2017 series. We are glad to confirm some destinations from the the previous years’ series while landing in new exciting cities too. 

CfP: Genocide Memorialisation: Political Imaginaries and Public Materialities

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Co-organised by the joint UCL-University of Gothenburg Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, this international conference invites artists, curators, commissioners, scholars and researchers across the arts, humanities and social sciences to consider the highly specific, but nonetheless pervasive, cultural phenomenon of genocide memorialisation.

Engaged Urbanism in LSE Review of Books

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Engaged Urbansim: Cities and Methodologies

LSE Review of Books have taken a look at Engaged Urbanism: Cities and Methodologies (I.B. Tauris, 2016), a UCL Urban Laboratory publication edited by Ben Campkin and Ger Duijzings.

Professor Matthew Beaumont contributes to Art Night book 'Expanding the City’s Boundaries'

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Art Night Volume 1

Professor Matthew Beaumont (Urban Lab Co-Director) has contributed to the first Art Night publication, Expanding the City’s Boundaries, a collection of essays from leading curators, urbanists, writers, art historians and sociologists reflecting on the meaning of Art Night and its role in a city like London.

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