UCL Urban Laboratory


Engaged Urbanism: Cities and Methodologies is out now!

2 December 2016

Engaged Urbanism: Cities and Methodologies book out now

UCL Urban Laboratory's new book Engaged Urbanism: Cities and Methodologies (I.B. Tauris, 2016) is available to purchase now in the UK, and from 30 December 2016 internationally. Use discount code AN2 when ordering from the I.B. Tauris website.

Edited by Dr Ben Campkin and Professor Ger Duijzings, Engaged Urbanism showcases the exciting ways urbanists are working towards fairer cities. Its authors offer succinct, candid and carefully illustrated commentaries on the trials and successes of risk-taking research, revealing how they collaborate across fields of expertise, inventing or adapting methods to suit bespoke situations.

Featuring novel uses and combinations of practice - from activism, architectural design and undercover journalism, to film, sculpture, performance and photography - in a diversity of cities such as Beirut, Johannesburg, Kisumu, London and Rio de Janeiro, Engaged Urbanism demonstrates how some of the greatest challenges for present and future populations are being rigorously and creatively addressed.

Co-editor and Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory, Dr Ben Campkin said: "Engaged Urbanism is a timely response to how governments and other agencies right now are acutely focused on the future of cities worldwide, as the recent launch of the New Urban Agenda at Habitat III, and the Sustainable Development Goals attest."

"With this in mind, we think it's an important moment to be making the case for an experimental turn in methods of researching and understanding cities. We view Engaged Urbanism as a handbook of inventive approaches that will inspire researchers, activists, policymakers and service providers everywhere to question hierarchies of expertise, and work with available resources towards deeper knowledge that will in turn influence improved practice and more equitable cities."

Stemming out of the Cities Methodologies exhibition programme, Engaged Urbanism represents just a small selection of some of the many excellent contributions to Cities Methodologies over the years.

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