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'Power to the Citizen!' manifesto launched

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Power to the Citizen! poster

In collaboration with colleagues across UCL, we have launched a new manifesto for the public authoring of our cities.

Applications open for ESRC doctoral funding on the Urban Studies, Transport and Architectural Space pathway

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Audience member at Edge - Situated Practice in Art, Architecture and Urbanism

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.

Counterspeculations audiotour of the City of London launched

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Counterspeculations audiotour of the City of London

Welcome to the Counterspeculations audiotour, an interactive walking guide to the City of London, the square mile of England’s capital known for centuries as a hub for the development of finance capital.

Call for Papers: The Idea of the Public in Asia

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Chennai public space visualisation

Led by Dr Pushpa Arabindoo (Co-Director, UCL Urban Laboratory) and Dr Aurelie Varrel (French National Centre for Scientific Research), we invite expressions of interest for the below panel proposed at the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 11) Conference in Leiden, 16-19 July 2019. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 8 October 2018.

Histories of Global London – two new Urban Lab elective modules for UCL postgraduates

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Histories of Global London. Image: Rebel Space by Resolve, as part of the Brixton Design Trail and the London Design Festival 2016

UCL Urban Laboratory will deliver two new modules, Histories of Global London, 1900 to the Present (Parts 1 and Parts 1+2), available to UCL postgraduate students from January 2019.

Urban Laboratory Lecture Series Autumn 2018

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Urban Laboratory Lecture Series

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Urban Laboratory Lecture Series for autumn 2018, on the theme 're-visiting the urban laboratory'.

MSc Urban Studies students review Richard Florida's 'The New Urban Crisis'

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The New Urban Crisis: how our cities are increasing inequality, deepening segregation, and failing the middle-class – and what we can do about it

Students on the Creative Cities module of the MSc Urban Studies programme at UCL have published a review of the the latest book by author and urbanist Richard Florida in the academic journal Planning Perspectives (2018, 33/3, 481-2).

Unmoored Cities: what speculative futures exist for cities in the face of climate change?

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From the series ‘Tellurian Relics: Surrealist Thames-side Piers’ by architect Shaun Murray. View of the pier from Clove Hitch Quay in a northwesterly direction at Battersea Reach, on the River Thames in London (2017)

As countless studies have demonstrated, cities are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Indeed, many of the world’s cities are at risk of becoming ‘unmoored’, whether literally sunk beneath rising sea waters or tidal rivers or forced to relocate entirely. Such possible urban futures challenge our imaginations to think through the physical, social and cultural consequences of climate change; yet, on the whole, the current literature on climate change and cities focuses on the mitigation of rather than adaption to those consequences.

Ben Campkin appointed Professor in latest UCL staff promotions

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Professor Ben Campkin

Congratulations to former UCL Urban Laboratory Director Ben Campkin, who has been appointed to the position of Professor of History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism in the latest round of staff promotions at UCL.

Urban Pamphleteer #7, LGBTQ+ Night-time Spaces: Past, Present & Future published online and in print

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Cover pages from Urban Pamphleteer #7 LGBTQ+ Night-Time Spaces

UCL Urban Laboratory has published the seventh issue in the Urban Pamphleteer series, gathering perspectives, provocations and vignettes on London’s LGBTQ+ night-time spaces, past, present and future.

UCL Urban Laboratory launches survey on future research and activities

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Chardine Taylor-Stone presents at UCL Urban Laboratory's Queer night scenes event at the Museum of London on 13 February 2018

Since launching in 2005, UCL Urban Laboratory has experimented with methods of critical, creative, interdisciplinary, and outward-facing urban research. Bringing together work across the arts and sciences, it has made a major contribution to modelling new modes of cross-disciplinary research, teaching and engagement across the urban field.

Urban Laboratory research contributes to UCL placing on Stonewall’s Top 100 employers list

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Staff and students from UCL marching at Pride in London on 7 July 2018

UCL Urban Laboratory’s research on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) nightlife spaces in London, led by Dr Ben Campkin and Laura Marshall, has contributed to UCL’s successful placing on the 2018 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index of Britain’s top 100 LGBT-inclusive employers.

Dr Ben Campkin contributes to Urban Omnibus series on queer spaces and activism

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan shakes hands and takes photos with organizers before London Pride march on July 8, 2017. Photo by Ashley Van Haeften via Flickr

Can governments be forces for good when it comes to the design, planning, and management of protected queer spaces at the scale of the city? Dr Ben Campkin, Urban Laboratory Co-Director, has contributed an article to the Architectural League of New York publication, Urban Omnibus, as part of a series on queer spaces and activism across the globe.

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, Reader at the Bartlett School of Planning, 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.

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