UCL Urban Laboratory


What does it feel like to be 'regenerated'?

20 January 2014, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Learning From Kilburn

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Learning from Kilburn, A Tiny Experimental University

This UCL Urban Laboratory-led class for Learning From Kilburn (a tiny experimental university) will explore the concept and processes of 'regeneration'. It will draw on the ideas in Urban Pamphleteer #2 'Regeneration Realities' in order both to problematise the way in which regeneration covers for gentrification, and to propose new ways of researching it, reclaiming the concept and rethinking the practices it involves. The class will focus, in particular, on the question of what it feels like to live or work in an area in the midst of large scale change - often a protracted experience, accompanied by many stresses, struggles, traumas and conflicts.

Learning From Kilburn is a tiny experimental university with its curriculum rooted in Kilburn, NW6. The university uses the high road and its hinterland as a campus, occupying a number of locations for classes initially running from October 2013 to March 2014.

Weekly classes study what makes Kilburn what it is, led by a range of artists, architects, writers and thinkers. Each class will ask a single question, looking at one thing at a time in order to understand Kilburn as a whole. The university wants to know what Kilburn looks like, where it starts and finishes, how money works in Kilburn, whether Kilburn even exists, where Kilburn is going. Learning From Kilburn is a Spacemakers project, directed by Tom Keeley in collaboration with OK-RM and Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio, and funded by the London Boroughs of Brent and Camden.

Registration required. Please note that this class is currently full with a waiting list.