UCL Urban Laboratory


Urban Laboratory publishes 2019 - 2020 Activities Report

2 June 2021

Our new report provides an overview of the key areas of activity and engagement which we have programmed across the period 2019 - 2020, taking in our response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the launch of our new Priority Areas.

Jonah Rudlin’s entry for our ‘Urban Verticality’ photo competition, 2019.

Since 2005 we have played a leading role in urban debate and the design and planning of contemporary cities, underpinning our interventions with rigorous analysis, historical insight, and particular attention to the social, cultural and political dimensions of urban life.

This has been achieved in collaboration with a wide range of committed academics from across UCL, and our partners from different sectors, who have worked with us to develop and deliver our vision of an ‘engaged urbanism’ which offers new approaches to urban problems, grounded in an understanding of everyday realities.

Based in London, we engage with this city, the communities that inhabit it, and the global sites and networks which connect urban communities between cities across the UK and globally.

Read the report to find out about a number of selected highlights from across a period that coincided with the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, including our global conference on urban frontiers, the launch of our Co-Director led Priority Areas, and our annual themes.

To receive hard copies of the report for your organisation, please contact urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk.

Image: People interacting on balconies in Templehof, Berlin, for the 2018/19 Urban Verticality photography competition. Credit: Jonah Rudlin