UCL Urban Laboratory


Urban Education Live: presentation and discussion

25 August 2016, 2:00 pm–6:00 pm

Urban Education Live invitation

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European Cultural Centre, Palazzo Mora, 3659 Strada Nuova, Venezia, Italy

The Turning Tables event will offer an open platform to discuss, critique and brainstorm the broad thematic of site-specific and locally engaged urban activism as well as new role of education and educational institutions in contemporary European urban landscape.

The goal of the Urban Education Live (UEL) is to develop a new model for collaboration between universities and urban communities. Supported by innovative social mapping, local hubs will engage in capacity building and innovation that benefit both the local communities and the learning process of students.

Key elements of UEL are:

1) Universities as independent brokers, curators and catalysts of positive urban change
2) Urban capacity building of multiple stakeholders, including marginalised groups
3) A "super site specific" approach with concrete 1:1 action and development of Local Hubs in urban neighbourhoods
4) New Mapping tools and methods to discover and document patterns of change

Jens Brandt, Architect and Urbanist
Panu Lehtovuori, Professor of Planning Theory, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

The project is initiated by Jens Brandt and Panu Lehtovuori (Tampere University of Technology). UCL Urban Laboratory is on the project board and is a stakeholder in the UEL project.

This discussion takes place as part of Turning Tables at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, organised by the URBAN LAB+ International Network of Urban Laboratories and including the UCL Urban Laboratory.

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Image: Jens Brandt