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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.

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.

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