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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.

Call for Papers: Cities After Hours II

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Neon Paris

Proposals for papers are invited for this year’s Cities After Hours colloquium from researchers working on any aspect of the city after hours. The colloquium will be held at UCL on 25 May 2016.

Urban Lab to curate Venturing Beyond cultural programme at Somerset House

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Venturing Beyond

UCL Urban Laboratory is pleased to announce a collaboration with arts organisation A(by)P and Somerset House to curate the cultural programme for the upcoming Venturing Beyond: Graffiti and the Everyday Utopias of the Street exhibition, which opens on Thursday 3 March as part of the ‘UTOPIA 2016’ season.

UCL Urban Laboratory publishes limited print edition of 'Case Studies in University-led Urban Regeneration'

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Case Studies in University-led urban regeneration - front cover

UCL Urban Laboratory has today launched a limited print edition of case studies detailing different approaches to university and community-led urban regeneration, conducted by Senior Research Associate and Co-Director Dr Clare Melhuish.

Opportunities for PhD funding on the interdisciplinary MSc Urban Studies programme at UCL

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UCL's interdisciplinary Urban Studies course is one of the disciplinary pathways for the UCL Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Call for Papers - Soho Spirit: Our Space or a Space in Our Minds?

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Soho Spirit

Soho is often envisioned, at both a national and an international level, as London's gay district. Its role as a space where gay identities and communities were made has shaped the urban experience of many LGBT people in London. However, with the advent of online spaces, the increasing inclusion of LGBT people in British society, and the rise in popularity of different urban areas, Soho's role for the LGBT community of London must now be reconsidered. This one day conference will try to answer the following questions: Can Soho still be seen as London's gay district? Why are so many LGBT spaces disappearing from Soho? Is there still the need for such spaces? If Soho disappeared, how would LGBT people experience a sense of community? Are new types of LGBT spaces appearing somewhere else?

Ben Campkin wins Jane Jacobs Book Award

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Remaking London: Decline and Regeneration in Urban Culture by Ben Campkin

Dr Ben Campkin, Director of UCL Urban Laboratory, has received the 2015 Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Foundation Book Award for his book Remaking London: Decline and Regeneration in Urban Culture.

Watching Jeremy, Watching Me, Watching Jeremy

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“What are you looking at?” - Rodrigo Firmino interacting with the Jeremy Bentham Panopticam

In his will, Jeremy Bentham, UCL's "spiritual founder", requested that after his death, his body be displayed in public, in what he called an “Auto-Icon”. His preserved skeleton continues to gaze upon the university in a glass cabinet. Since 2013, a webcam (PanoptiCam) has been installed on the top of the Auto-Icon watching the reaction of passers-by looking at Jeremy’s remains, and broadcasting the images via Twitter and Youtube.

UCL Grand Challenges 2034 Grants

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UCL Grand Challenges 2034 Grants

UCL Grand Challenges have opened up an application process for funding of cross-disciplinary, collaborative, and outwardly-facing activities, costing between £2k and £10k, which ‘address global challenges’ while also supporting the development of at least one other of the principal themes of UCL's 2034 strategy:

UCL East cross-disciplinary student research group: call for participants

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Aerial view of UCL East site: boundary highlighted in red

Professor Michael Stewart is leading a team looking for UCL students in all fields to produce dissertations (at undergraduate and taught postgraduate level) linked to UCL’s new campus and how it will affect the local area. It’s an opportunity to write your dissertation on a topic that’s a big part of the UCL 2034 plan and to be part of a multi-disciplinary team working across UCL, including Dr Clare Melhuish from the Urban Laboratory, whose case study research on university-led regeneration has just been published (see university-led regeneration case study research, and the university-led urban regeration blog).

AAG 2016 Call for Papers - The Architecture of Capital: Rethinking the Geographies of Design in a Planetary Moment

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Shenzhen CBD

Following the emergence of a renewed debate about the relationship of architecture to processes of capitalist urbanisation, a series of opposing conceptions of architectural or design methods have been espoused as either a tool of capital, or as a space of political imagination. Within architecture itself, the discourse similarly moves between the emancipatory politics of an architectural imagination (Lahiji 2014), and the persistence of early Marxist criticism established by Manfredo Tafuri (1979) and Frederic Jameson (1998) that architecture is an integral part of the capitalist project, entrenching existing power relations. 

UCL Urban Laboratory launches university-led urban regeneration case studies

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University-led urban regeneration case studies

UCL Urban Laboratory has today launched five case studies in university and community-led urban regeneration (download below), which explore the role of universities as actors in urban renewal processes, and the potential for communities to engage and take a lead in such processes.

Dr Rodrigo Firmino to investigate surveillance and security in cities as Urban Lab Honorary Senior Research Associate

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Surveillance camera graffiti on road sign

We are pleased to announce that Dr Rodrigo José Firmino is to begin a 12-month position as UCL Urban Laboratory Honorary Senior Research Associate, following a research agenda titled “Connected Spaces, Controlled Movements: Technology, Surveillance, Security, and Cities”.

Urban Laboratory launches Urban Pamphleteer #5: Global Education for Urban Futures

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Urban Pamphleteer #5: Global Education for Urban Futures

Urban Pamphleteer #5: Global Education for Urban Futures (pdf) is now available to read online, simultaneously released with the print edition during a launch at The Bartlett, UCL, on 17 September 2015 as part of the programme for the Urban Lab+ Symposium.

Visiting researcher to the Urban Lab to focus on artists exploring the remnants of industrialisation

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Image for Jeong Hye Kim visiting research announcement

UCL Urban Laboratory is delighted to announce that Jeong Hye Kim will be joining us as a visiting researcher.

Virtual Control exhibition at RIBA extended until Sunday 27 September

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Virtual Control exhibition

Virtual Control, produced by UCL Urban Laboratory with artist and photographer Max Colson, will now be exhibited at RIBA until Sunday 27 September 2015.

Registration open for Urban Lab+ London Symposium on urban education

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Global Urban Higher Education: the Challenges and Potentials of Internationalisation

Registration has opened for the Urban Lab+ London Symposium, taking place at University College London on 16-17 September.

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