UCL Urban Laboratory


Urban Lab Films: DEMOLITION - People and Politics

20 February 2014, 6:30 pm

Demolition: People and Politics

This event is free.

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UCL Urban Laboratory


Room 517, 5th Floor
Wates House
22 Gordon Street
United Kingdom

Join us for the first event of Urban Lab Films DEMOLITION season, 'People and Politics', exploring the effect of demolition on communities. We will be exhibiting three films documenting the demolition of public housing and its effect on communities in different ways.

John Smith's Blight (1995-96, 14 mins) revolves around the building of the M11 Link Road in East London, which provoked a long and bitter campaign by local residents to protect their homes from demolition. Verity-Jane Keefe's Rooms With A View (2008, 18 mins) examines The Lintons in Barking, an East London public housing block. Chad Friedrichs' The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011, 79 mins) focuses on the iconic case of the Pruitt-Igoe project in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Jim Hubbard of the Royal Town Planning Institute will introduce the programme and film maker Verity-Jane Keefe will introduce her film.

The event is free and open to the public. The DEMOLITION season examines the often overlooked yet powerful place of demolition within society, both as threat and as a source of creativity and fascination. For more information please contact urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk.