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Urban Pamphleteer


Urban Pamphleteer, is a series of publications produced by the UCL Urban Laboratory, that confront key contemporary urban questions from diverse perspectives. Written in a direct and accessible tone, the intention of these pamphlets is to draw on the history of radical pamphleteering to stimulate debate and instigate change. The series editors are Ben Campkin and Rebecca Ross. Issues are distributed for free in print and as PDFs (download by clicking on the icons).

Urban Pamphleteer #2: Regeneration Realities was launched in December 2013 and features analyses of regeneration, practical case studies and ideas that address questions such as "Is it possible to reclaim and rethink regeneration as a concept and set of practices?". "How can we develop ethical, evidence-based and rigorous methods of regeneration that better serve the communities in whose name it is carried out?", "If economic growth, and the supposed 'trickle-down' effects of increased land values have come to dominate regeneration rhetoric and practice, how can they be rebalanced towards the needs and values of existing communities?". The pamphleteer also includes an insert outlining a protocol for student-community interactions.

Urban Pamphleteer #3: Design and Trust will be launched during Cities Methodologies on Thursday 30 October 2014 from 18.30 in the Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, WC1H 0AB. The issue asks what the consequences are of prioritising defence and security as a first principle in design – an issue that fired up the news agenda in 2014 through campaigns to remove ‘anti-homeless’ spikes and critiques of so-called ‘hostile architecture’ in public spaces. The publication asks what forces – social, professional, commercial and technological – have shaped design against crime strategies, and features a range of expert contributors who contextualise crime prevention through environmental design at the local and global scale. It also includes a number of essays that question how physical boundaries and surveillance impact on our sense of place and wellbeing, and suggests ways that design can engender feelings of trust instead of fear.

Urban Pamphleteer #4: Heritage in Doha will be launched in Qatar on Sunday 16 November 2014 at the Museum of Islamic Art from 18.30. A London launch will follow in December 2014. It interrogates the contradictory ways that heritage features in the rapid contemporary redevelopment of Doha through the microcosm of its Al-Asmakh neighbourhood.

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