The Bartlett School of Planning


Communities and Design

23 May 2024, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm


Celebrating MRes Interdisciplinary Urban Design Research

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Filipa Wunderlich

The fourth seminar in the Public Research Seminar series, titled "Communities and Design," is part of the UCL ChangeMakers funded project MRes InterConnect: Bridging Interdisciplinary Communities and Frontline Research. This seminar explores the intricate relationship between community dynamics and urban design. Dr. Pablo Sendra and Dr. Filipa Wunderlich will lead discussions, focusing on how communities influence and are influenced by spatial planning and urban design. The seminar features three engaging talks from: Chloe MacFarlane explores the Railton Low Traffic Neighbourhood, using a Feminist 'Ethics of Care' framework to assess the project's social capital and temporary urbanism initiatives, providing insights into sustainable community-driven urban design; Neil Onions focusing on ‘how do we embed equitable engagement processes into urban development? and What modes of collaborative design can be implemented to ensure we are designing places people want to live, work and play?’. Finally we will also hear from Dr Irene Manzini, on her research around the value of co-working spaces and creative communities hubs

The Research Seminar will take place at 31 Leigh Street, WC1H 9 EP, Thursday 5pm - 7pm.

All are welcome to join the insightful discussion, ask questions, and engage with the speakers. This event will be HYBRID event. If you cannot attend in person, please contact the organisers for Webinar Link.

These events are funded by UCL ChangeMakers and are a part of the Interdisciplinary Urban Design MRes at the Bartlett School of Planning.

Talks / Speakers:

Neil Onions, Beyond the Box, Founding Director

Centring communities: equitable engagement processes in planning and design

Dr. Irene Manzini, MRes IdUD 2017-2018; PhD, Research Associate BSP; Research Consultant at City Science Office Emilio Reggio, Italy TBC

Habits Around Co-Working Space: Making Place in Spitalfields, London

James Delaney, MRes IdUD 2019-2020; Block by Block Foundation 

Minecraft and Playful Public Participation in Urban Design


About the Speakers

Dr Pablo Sendra

Associate Professor in Planning and Urban Design at Bartlett School of Planning, UCL

Dr Filipa Wunderlich

Associate Professor in Urban Design at Bartlett School of Planning, UCL