Andrew Karvonen - Urban Laboratory Lecture Series
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, 02 October 2018
Room G03, 26 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AP
Laboratories as a New Mode of Urban Governance
Over the last decade, a wide range of actors have established
laboratories, testbeds, platforms, and projects to catalyse sustainable
urban transformations. These situated and bounded sites of knowledge
production promise to go beyond 'urbanisation as usual' and provide
proof-of-concept that cities can realise their ambitious goals of social
equity, environmental integrity, and/or economic prosperity.
However, it is unclear how these spaces of innovation influence the
broader urban development dynamics beyond their experimental
In this talk, Andrew Karvonen (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) considers the implications of 'laboratorising' cities
in the twenty-first century. He argues that, instead of informing existing
modes of governance, laboratories are emerging as a new mode of
urban governance that is informed by trialling, learning, and scaling.
Laboratorisation provides hope for improved urban futures but the
implications to urban politics and governance are unclear.
- Dr Andrew Karvonen is Assistant Professor of Sustainable Urban Development at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He is co-editor (with James Evans and Rob Raven) of the 2016 Routledge compendium The Experimental City.
- This lecture is chaired by Dr Clare Melhuish (UCL Urban Laboratory)
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Urban Laboratory Lecture Series
The talk is part of our new autumn fortnightly lecture series, investigating the meaning and renewed relevance of the term 'urban laboratory'. The lectures are free and no booking is required. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in advance if you require step free access to the room at 26 Bedford Way.
Comparing and Contrasting Sustainable Urban Transformations workshop
UCL research students are invited to attend a workshop led by Andrew
Karvonen on the following day. Urban Laboratory affiliated students are given priority. Information on the workshop can be found here.