UCL Urban Laboratory


The Architecture and Urban Culture of Financial Crisis

24 October 2008, 9:45 am–5:30 pm

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The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL Wates House 22 Gordon Street WC1

In partnership with the UCL Urban Laboratory and the Bartlett School of Architecture this is a one day workshop exploring the relationship between financial crises and the built environment.

Following the collapse of the US sub-prime mortgage market in August 2007 the urban shockwaves of the credit crunch raise complex, urgent questions about how buildings and cities are embedded in the economic sphere of industrial society and how innovation in the financial industries affects our day-to-day experience of urban culture 

With a keynote talk from Professor Sir Peter Hall, this workshop invites an interdisciplinary group of leading and emerging researchers from across urban geography, economics, architecture and cultural studies to consider the structural/cultural relationship of finance and the built environment.

Their presentations will offer new research, theoretical approaches and case studies prompting a series of chaired, open discussions considering how financial capital has affected urban geography at a global level; how the last decade of economic growth has affected UK housing, commercial development and city centre living; and how the banking sector is implicated in the production of architecture and the representation of cities. 

The workshop will be of interest to academics, researchers, policy-advisors and built environment professionals looking to develop theoretical and empirical explanations for the urban basis of financial crises (past and present) and their social and cultural consequences. Although participation in the workshop is free, places are limited. If you would like to take part, please contact: louis@figaropravda.net by Friday 10 October : website: http://www.figaropravda.net

Confirmed speakers include: 

Professor Sir Peter Hall (UCL)
Dariusz W�jcik (University of Oxford) 
Professor Maria Kaika (University of Manchester)
Max Nathan (LSE/CLG/Centre for Cities) 
Dr Andrew Harris (UCL)
Lawrence Webb (Kings College London). 

Confirmed Chairs include: 

Professor Sir Peter Hall (UCL) 
Michael Edwards (UCL) 
Professor Matthew Gandy (UCL)