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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.

New book on London's housing histories published

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Mobilising Housing Histories: Learning from London's Past

A new publication exploring issues relating to the history of urban housing in London has been published through RIBA, featuring a number of UCL contributions. Mobilising Housing Histories: Learning from London’s Past (RIBA Publishing, 2017) has been edited by Peter Guillery and David Kroll.

New publication celebrates Brutalist architecture in Paris

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Les Etoiles at Ivry-sur-Seine by Nigel Green for Blue Crow Media

The brutalist architecture of the French capital is the subject of a new city guide published by Blue Crow Media in collaboration with Robin Wilson (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL) and Nigel Green (Photolanguage).

Call for Papers: Urbanization Processes and Natural Morphologies

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Call for Papers: Urbanization Processes and Natural Morphologies

It is with great sadness that UCL Urban Laboratory received the news that Prof. Dr. Maider Uriarte Idiazabal, who was resident with us as a visiting doctoral researcher in 2012, passed away last summer after a short illness.

Urban Laboratory projects featured in The Bartlett Review

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Urban Pamphleteer issues 1-3

Articles on UCL Urban Laboratory’s activities across the past year feature in the first edition of The Bartlett Review, published by UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment.

Urban Laboratory launches UCL SITE: Students in the east research project

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SITE meeting two

In collaboration with The Bartlett, UCL Urban Laboratory has launched a staff-student collaborative research project that will produce student-led reccomendations for UCL developments in east London – UCL East and Here East.

Call for Papers - Towards a Global Urban Geopolitics: Bringing Geopolitics into the Mainstream of Comparative Urban Studies

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UCL Urban Laboratory is happy to share this call for papers as part of the RC21 conference for critical urban studies at the University of Leeds on 11-13 September 2017.

New book explores the ethics and philosophy of urban design

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The Ethics of a Potential Urbanism

Camillo Boano (Director, MSc Building and Urban Design in Development at the DPU and Co-Director, UCL Urban Laboratory) has published a new book that bridges the gap created by the “missing encounters” between radical philosophy, urban design and architecture.

Curating the City research cluster runs first UCL-based workshop in new Centre for Critical Heritage Studies

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The university negotiates its evolving identity at HereEast

The Curating the City research cluster in the new UCL/University of Gothenburg Centre for Critical Heritage Studies ran its first UCL-based workshop 22-23 November, focussed on the role of universities in ‘co-curating’ urban heritage with communities in the city.

Engaged Urbanism: Cities and Methodologies is out now!

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Engaged Urbanism: Cities and Methodologies book out now

UCL Urban Laboratory's new book Engaged Urbanism: Cities and Methodologies (I.B. Tauris, 2016) is available to purchase now in the UK, and from 30 December 2016 internationally. Use discount code AN2 when ordering from the I.B. Tauris website.

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