UCL Urban Laboratory


Nightlife Spaces and the Future City: The Bartlett Future Cities Doctoral Network

22 May 2017, 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

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Room G01, Central House, UCL, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0NN

The Bartlett Future Cities Doctoral Network's next event will explore the life of future city spaces at night, and how the morphology and size of cities is likely to influence human behaviour.

Dr Ben Campkin and Laura Marshall from UCL Urban Laboratory will open this doctoral dialogue with a presentation on the history of nightlife spaces in London, followed by a presentation on city size and human behaviour by Clémentine Cottineau from The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis.

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LGBTQI nightlife spaces in London: 1986 to the present

Dr Ben Campkin and Laura Marshall (UCL Urban Laboratory)

During the last three decades, there has been a recent intensity of closures of longstanding LGBTQI nightlife venues in London; that those catering to women and black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) LGBTQI people have been disproportionately vulnerable to closure. At a time of rising inequality and intense competition for space, closures of venues and other spaces present a challenge for already vulnerable minorities, for the neighbourhoods in which they form part of the social, cultural and economic fabric, and for social integration in the capital more widely. The research conducted by UCL Urban Laboratory revealed imaginative appropriations and re-uses of space, and a range of dynamic and adaptive organisational forms - including entrepreneurial and not-for-profit models and close links to the creative industries providing important space for cultural production.

Source: report on LGBTQI Nightlife in London: from 1986 to the Present

More is different? The (varying) effect of city size on human behaviours

Clémentine Cottineau (CASA)

For a century, biologists and economists have shown that more is different: the metabolism of larger mammals is more economical; large cities produce more output per capita. Recently, complexity science has stressed this point further, offering models to explain this phenomenon of urban scaling laws. However, because cities are fuzzy concepts, not only the magnitude of human concentration plays a role in shaping behaviours, the morphology of these concentrations counts too. In this talk, I will present a collective work on city delineation and its impact on aggregate measures of urban life. Total income, the length of road infrastructures or the quantity of phone contacts varies with the size of the city, but it varies too with respect to the elements included or not in what is considered a city.