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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.

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:

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