UCL Urban Laboratory


Timescapes of Urban Change: London - Barcelona, a regeneration comparison

29 November 2016, 6:30 pm–8:15 pm

Timescapes of Urban Change

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UCL Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre, 25 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AY

Focusing on two cities that are exemplars of their urban regeneration in recent years: Barcelona and London, we bring together urban professionals and academics to reflect, from a long-term perspective, on the role of time in the construction and experience of these two cities. By doing this, we hope to situate questions around temporality at the forefront of the research agenda on urban change.


  • Simone Abram (Anthropology, Durham University): "Anticipation and Apprehension: temporal agency in urban change"
  • Mari Paz Balibrea (Department of Cultures and Languages, Birkbeck): "Militant time, leisure time, working time: Reflections on life in the creative city"
  • Carme Gual Via (Foment Ciutat Vella, Barcelona City Council): "As time goes by…or how cities reinvent the wheel every term of office"
  • Euan Mills (Future Cities Catapult): "How should temporal considerations affect the design of the built environment?"
  • Bob Allies (Allies and Morrison Architects): "The urban masterplan: a process not a product"
  • Mike Raco (The Bartlett, UCL): "Living in democratic times: Reflections on the transformation of London's built environment"

This is the first of a two-part event, with the second part hosted at the Centre for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona on 13 December. Both events will be streamed live online and there will be opportunities for those not in attendance to participate in the discussions and pose questions. For details on how to join the live stream, please go to the Eventbrite page and book the 'live stream' ticket.

The event is part of Monica Degen's research project Timescapes of Urban Change, supported by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.

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