UCL Urban Laboratory


IAS/Urban Lab Waste: Christoph Lindner on 'Global Garbage'

02 October 2019, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Vivan Sundaram, Prospect, 2008, Archival Pigment Print, 104.5 x 59.5 inches, ed 5/10 (detail)

Launch of the Institute of Advanced Studies and Urban Laboratory Waste Public Lecture Series with Prof Christoph Lindner, Dean of The Bartlett, UCL Faculty of the Built Environment

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Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
Wilkins Building
University College London

Christoph Lindner is an urban and cultural theorist whose work spans the humanities, social sciences, and art and design fields, including architecture, visual culture, geography, media studies, and urban planning and design. He is Professor of Urban Studies and the incoming Dean of The Bartlett at UCL (from Sept 2019).

In the 2016 edited collection Global Garbage: urban imaginaries of waste, excess, and abandonment, Lindner and his co-editor Miriam Meissner examine the ways in which garbage, in its diverse forms, is produced, managed, experienced, imagined, circulated, concealed, and aestheticized in contemporary urban environments and across different creative and cultural practices. Across locations such as Beirut, Detroit, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Manchester, Naples, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Tehran, the book examines how, and under what conditions, contemporary imaginaries of excess, waste, and abandonment perpetuate – but also sometimes counter – the imbalances of power that are frequently associated with the global metropolitan condition.

Prof José Torero Cullen, Head of the Department of Civil, Environmental, Geomatic & Environmental Engineering at UCL will act as a respondent to the lecture, which is chaired by Urban Laboratory Director Dr Clare Melhuish, and introduced by IAS Director Prof Tamar Garb.

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Image: Vivan Sundaram, Prospect, 2008, Archival Pigment Print, 104.5 x 59.5 inches, ed 5/10 (detail)

About the Speakers

Christoph Lindner

From 2016-2019, Prof Lindner was Dean of the College of Design at the University of Oregon, where he also launched and directed the UO Slow Lab, a collaborative research initiative promoting critical and creative enquiry into global cultures of speed, mobility, and connectivity. His recent book publications include Imagining New York City (Oxford University Press, 2015), as well as the edited volumes Deconstructing the High Line (Rutgers University Press, 2017), Global Garbage (Routledge, 2016), Cities Interrupted: Visual Culture and Urban Space (Bloomsbury, 2016), Inert Cities: Globalization, Mobility and Suspension in Visual Culture (I.B. Tauris, 2014), and Paris-Amsterdam Underground (Amsterdam University Press, 2013). He is also general editor of the book series Cities and Cultures.

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José Torero Cullen

Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at UCL, Prof Cullen works in the fields of fire safety, combustion, environmental remediation and sanitation where he specialises in complex environments such as developing nations, complex urban environments, novel architectures, critical infrastructure, aircraft and spacecraft. He holds a BSc from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (1989), and an MSc (1991) and PhD (1992) from the University of California, Berkeley.

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