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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.

Call for UCL students to support research project on student-led recommendations for UCL developments in East London

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UCL Changemakers

The Bartlett and UCL Urban Laboratory are seeking applications from twelve students from across UCL to collaborate in a research project exploring students’ experience of the Bloomsbury campus, and developing recommendations for new UCL developments in the east of London - UCL East and Here East.

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.

Call for UCL students to lead research project on student-led recommendations for UCL developments in East London

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UCL Changemakers

The Bartlett and UCL Urban Laboratory are seeking applications from two postgraduate or graduate students to lead a research project exploring students’ experience of the Bloomsbury campus, and developing recommendations for new UCL developments in the east of London - UCL East and Here East.

Clare Melhuish co-authored paper named Best Published Paper in City & Society

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CGIs in situ, Doha

Dr Clare Melhuish (Urban Laboratory Co-Director) is lead author of a paper which has been announced winner of the 2016 Yearly Prize for Best Published Paper in City & Society. “The Real Modernity that Is Here”: Understanding the Role of Digital Visualisations in the Production of a New Urban Imaginary at Msheireb Downtown, Doha appears in the August issue of the journal, and the prize was announced on Thursday 17 November by the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) at the American Anthropological Association annual conference in Minnesota.

Urban Pamphleteer #6: Open-source Housing Crisis launched on new series website

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Urban Pamphleteer #6: Open Source Housing Crisis

The new issue of the Urban Pamphleteer series is now available to read online using the publication's new website: urbanpamphleteer.org.

UCL Urban Laboratory release new edited anthology Engaged Urbanism: Cities and Methodologies

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Engaged Urbansim: Cities and Methodologies

We’re pleased to announce the release of Engaged Urbanism: Cities and Methodologies, a new UCL Urban Laboratory edited anthology, on 1 December 2016. Published by I.B Tauris and edited by Dr Ben Campkin and Professor Ger Duijzings, the book showcases the exciting ways urbanists are responding to the variety and dynamism of contemporary cities and urban experience across the globe.

Urban Lab research evidences impact of LGBTQI nightlife venue closures on London’s communities

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LGBTQI nightlife in London from 1986 to present - UCL report - cover image

London’s LGBTQI nightlife spaces have seen a recent intensity of closures, with further threats to the most longstanding venues, according to a new report from the UCL Urban Laboratory. Spaces catering to women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic LGBTQI people have been disproportionately vulnerable to closure.

ASF-UK publish Cape Town regeneration through participatory design report with Urban Lab and DPU

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Interviewing residents of Ilinge Abahlai Housing Cooperative

Architecture Sans Frontières-UK have pubished a new report based on the findings of a 2015 workshop in South Africa - Change by Design: Reimagining Regeneration through Participatory Design. The report outlines the findings of a two-week workshop that took place in Cape Town in April 2015, resulting from a partnership between ASF-UK and Development Action Group (DAG), with the support of The Bartlett Development Planning Unit and the UCL Urban Laboratory, and Sheffield School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield.

Laura Marshall writes about Peckham Festival LGBTQI nightlife workshop for the UCL Events blog

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CAMP-er-VAN panel

Urban Laboratory Research Assistant Laura Marshall has written an article for the UCL Events blog about the workshop she co-organised at the Peckham Festival on 10 September as part of our ongoing research in to London's LGBTQI nightlife since 1986.

Rodrigo Firmino writes on his experience as an Urban Lab visiting researcher on Medium

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Rodrigo Firmino trying out a virtual reality headset at the Bartlett

UCL Urban Laboratory have launched a new blogging platform on Medium with an article by Dr Rodrigo Firmino on his research sabattical in London.

Urban Lab partners with Resolve for the London Design Festival 2016

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Rebel Space Pavillion at the Brixton Design Trail

UCL Urban Laboratory is pleased to announce a partnership with Resolve - a student-led interdisciplinary collective - during the London Design Festival 2016.

Equal by Design available to watch online

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Equal by Design

Equal By Design, a short documentary exploring how the philosophy of Baruch Spinoza can help us think about economic equality, housing design, and the crisis in affordable housing today, is availble to watch online for free.

Call for textual contributions on London’s regeneration for use in a collaborative performance between UCL Urban Laboratory and artist collective Fourthland

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The Storm: A Utopian Forecast for London?

In June 2016, UCL Urban Laboratory will collaborate on an experimental pedagogy with artist collective Fourthland, using performance as research to unpick narratives of regeneration. Taking place as part of the UTOPIA season at Somerset House and the London Festival of Architecture on 29 June, The Storm: A Utopian Forecast for London? emerges from Fourthland’s social practice on various London estates and two years of research attendance at public enquiry and developer led consultations. The work has also developed in response to enquiries within the Urban Laboratory, including questions on education for the future city, the cultural representations of urban life through Cities Imaginaries, and concepts emerging from Cities Methodologies.

LGBTQI Nightlife in London research project launched with Queer Spaces London

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LGBTQI Nightlife in London research website

UCL Urban Laboratory in collaboration with Queer Spaces London are undertaking research on nightlife spaces that are important to London’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) communities.  We are seeking information from individuals, businesses, performers and promoters who contribute to London's LGBTQI nightlife spaces via an online survey. By gathering community knowledge from people with a range of perspectives, identities and experiences we hope to capture the diversity, complexity and value of LGBTQI nightlife spaces.

Rodrigo Firmino writes on the tyranny of the educated in smart cities for LA+ Journal

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LA+ Tyranny page excerpt

Dr. Rodrigo Firmino, Honorary Senior Research Associate in UCL Urban Laboratory, has published a paper in the new issue of LA+ Journal, a landscape architectural magazine.

Website for Turning Tables at La Biennale di Venezia launched

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Turning Tables website

UCL Urban Laboratory is exhibiting at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, as part of the URBAN LAB+ network's Turning Tables project. The website for the project is now online at www.turning-tables.it.

Centre for Critical Heritage Studies to launch at UCL in partnership with University of Gothenburg

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Project Campus Nackrosen

A new Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS) is being launched at UCL in collaboration with the University of Gothenburg, with UCL Urban Laboratory joining as a key partner.

Venturing Beyond exhibition at Somerset House closes this weekend

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Venturing Beyond: Graffiti and the Everyday Utopias of the Street

Venturing Beyond: Graffiti and the Everyday Utopias of the Street, supported by UCL Urban Laboratory and hosted at Somerset House, closes on the Early May bank holiday (2 May 2016).

Michael Edwards publishes papers on London’s housing crisis

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Pakeman House, SE1: housing block owned by the Corporation of London

Michael Edwards, a member of UCL Urban Laboratory’s International Advisory Group and Teaching Fellow in The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, has published two open access papers that seek to address the problems arising from London’s current housing crisis.

Matthew Beaumont features in BBC Radio 4 programme on the city at night

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Matthew Beaumont - nightwalking

Matthew Beaumont (Co-Director, UCL Urban Laboratory) spoke to BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed about the notion of London as a 24-hour city and urban walking at night.

SPACE magazine publishes Urban Laboratory research in April 2016 issue

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SPACE magaine, front cover, April 2016

Research conducted at the UCL Urban Laboratory features in the April 2016 issue of influentual South Korean architectural and cultural magazine SPACE, currently celebrating it's 50th anniversary. The essays, guest edited by former Urban Laboratory visiting researcher Jeong Hye Kim, features work by Max Colson and Ollie Palmer, David Roberts, and Rodrigo Firmino.

DPU summerLab 2016 applications open and 2015 publication available

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DPU summerLab 2016

Applications are open for the sixth year of the Development Planning Unit's (DPU) summerLab series.

Clare Melhuish to present Urban Laboratory university regeneration research at AAG 2016

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Beyond the red line presentation at the AAG

Dr Clare Melhuish (Urban Laboratory Co-Director and Senior Research Associate) will present her university-led urban regeneration research conducted at UCL Urban Laboratory in a panel at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) conference in San Francisco on 30 March 2016.

Call for Papers and Participants: Global Urbanisms, Regional Specificities

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Mumbai flyover

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 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.

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