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Cities Methodologies 2011

Cities Methodologies  Exhibition and Events 4-7th May 2011

Venue: Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London, WC1H0AB.

All events are free. No booking required except where stated.

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Opening Launch 4 May 18.30


Inaugurated in 2009, CitiesMethodologies showcases innovative methods in urban research.

Visitors to Cities Methodologies encounter diverse methodsof urban research in juxtaposition - from archival studies to statistical analyses, practice-led art, architectural and design work to oral history,writing, walking, performances, film-making and photography.

Cities Methodologies promotes cross- and inter-disciplinarywork, and showcases recent research on a wide range of cities. Participants are drawn from right across UCL, as well asfrom De Montfort University, Columbia, University of Edinburgh, ETH Zurich,Goldsmiths, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Humboldt Universität Berlin,LSE, University of Manchester, National University of the Arts, Bucharest,Queen Mary’s University of London, and the University of Westminster.



Weds 4 May, 18.30 to 21.00

Thurs 5 May, 10.00 to 20.00

Friday 6 May, 10.00 to 20.00

Saturday 7 May,10.00-13.00


Supported by:

UCL Urban Laboratory

UCL Geography

UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment

UCL Slade School of Fine Art
UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Organised by:

Wesley Aelbrecht, UCL Bartlett School of Architecture

Dr Ben Campkin, UCL Urban Laboratory/Bartlett School of Architecture

Dr Susan Collins, UCL Slade School of Fine Art

Dr Ger Duijzings, UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies

Füsun Türetken, UCL Urban Laboratory/PhD Candidate Goldsmiths

Lucy Toseland, Slade School of Fine Art

Curatorial committee:

Dr Ben Campkin, UCL Urban Laboratory/Bartlett School of Architecture.

Dr Susan Collins, UCL Slade School of Fine Art.

Dr Ger Duijzings, UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies.

Prof Jane Rendell, UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment.

Füsun Türetken, UCL Urban Laboratory/PhD Candidate Goldsmiths.


3rd May, exhibits delivered to Slade Research Centre

3rd-4th May, exhibition installed.

4th May, 18.30, exhibition opens.

5-8th May, exhibition and events continue.

7th May, exhibition closes at 1pm.

8th May, exhibition dismantled.


LAUNCH, 18.30, Wednesday 4 May 2011

Performance by T.R.I.P.O.D.



Nana Adusei-Poku and Füsun Türetken, No Name in the Street

Ximena Alarcón, Sounding Underground

Yun Jie Chung and Brent Pilkey, Do Ho Suh’s ‘The Bridge Project’

Inês Dantas, Wohnwald: Inhabitable Urban Forest

Carolyn Deby, citysited/1

Ming Deng, Jacob Wilson and Mayuri Sisodia, Orhan in the City

Max Dewdney, Chiaroscuro City

Oliver Gregory, Lucia Caistor, Samira Islam, Matthew Wright, The Heygate

Mohamad Hafeda, Sewing Sound

Suzanne Hall and Juliet Davis and others, City Street

Benjamin Holzman, Hold My Hand

Thomas Jenkins, The City

SubREAL, Interviewing the Cities

Iosif Kiraly and others, Ro-Archive

Mircea Nicolae, Glass Globes / 25 Demolished Houses

Benjamin Leclair-Paquet, West Bank Lab: Military Urbanism and Border Bending

Manu Luksch, Mapping CCTV around Whitehall and Blue-sky Blueprint

Hilary Powell, Structures of Enchantment: Pop-Up Books in/on progress

Sophia Psarra, Detroit: the Fall of the Public Realm

Bradley L. Garrett, Jonathan Prior and Brian Rosa, Jute

Seijin Kim, Hana_Set

Maria Sfaellou, London - the City of Senses

Simson&Volley, Project Project, Protest!

Dorian Wiszniewski and others, Florence: Curating The City.



Gregory Cowan, Occupying Streets at all Hours: Frankfurt and London

Workshop,Thursday 5 May, Room 5, 10.00; continues Friday 6 May, Room 5, 10.00.


24 hour Street Design analysis workshop – round table for max. 20 people. Briefing, field work excursion to Caledonian Road, Kings Cross; a short walk, cycle or bus ride 15 minutes along Euston Road. Return 20 hours later to UCL,compilation of findings and discussion.

Interactive seminar will involve a practical field work street appraisal exercise. I will encourage attendees to engage with perceptions and representations of a city study area, testing some analysis techniques such as building form and use, permeability, and legibility– considering drawn and three-dimensional modelled analyses, including scale analysis and use-coding. 


Booking required for this event. Booking and enquiries to Gregory Cowan:g.cowan@my.westminster.ac.uk



Deepa Naik and Trenton Oldfield, THIS IS NOT A GATEWAY: Revealed and Exposed

Roundtable,Thursday 5 May, Room 7, 10.00.


A roundtable of invited guests will interrogate the ideas and methodologies underpinning the work of THIS IS NOT A GATEWAY and explore methodologies TINAG could employ to help it achieve its aim of provoking a critical transformation of the urban industry and its post critical condition.


Benjamin Holzman, Hold My Hand

Installation and screenings, Thursday 5 May, Room 7, 12.00 and Friday 6 May, Room 7, 16.00.


The Hold My Hand Project aims to challenge inequality in the public acceptance of homosexual and heterosexual public displays of affection. The project asks two people of the same sex who identify as heterosexual to walk a mile down a busy London street whilst holding hands, to see how they felt and to see how the public reacts. This is contrasted with a similar experiment asking two people of the opposite sex who both identify as homosexual to do the same, to determine if they felt more comfortable in the public domain. The project is presented as a documentary film.


Catherine Hall, Nick Draper, Keith McClelland and others, Mapping the Legacies of London Slave-ownership: a Discussion

Presentation and discussion, Thursday 5 May, 13.00, Room 7.


When slavery in the British Empire was abolished in 1833, slave-owners received compensation of £20 million. About 70 claimants lived in the immediate surrounds of the new University College, London. Legacies of British Slave-ownership Project, based in UCL’s Department of History, has been tracing the political, commercial, institutional, imaginative and physical legacies of this money. This event will present their findings on the Bloomsbury area,followed by a discussion bringing together people from a range of disciplines to think through how, ahead of an exhibition this autumn, these legacies might be mapped, presented and exhibited in innovative and challenging ways

SubREAL, Iosif Kiraly, Ger Duizlings, Mircea Nicolae and others, 

Cities Methodologies Bucharest

Screenings and discussion of works exhibited at Cities Methodologies Bucharest edition, 2010.

Thursday5 May, Room 2, 12.30.


Oliver Gregory, Lucia Caistor, Samira Islam, Matthew Wright, The Heygate

Exhibit and roundtable, Thursday 5 May, Room 7, 15.00.


What is the impact of redevelopment sites such as the Heygate Estate within a wider setting of places and actors? Using the Heygate Estate as a case-study the presentation will explore the complexity of socio-spatial processes and stakeholder dynamics during urban redevelopment projects. We seek to challenge many of the geographically bounded and polarised discourse. In particular: the specific focus of the impact of urban transformations on the sites of redevelopment rather than considering the site in its wider spatial context;the polarisation of representations of ‘failed’ Modernist housing estates like Heygate and the relevant stakeholders in academic and media discourses.


Nana Adusei-Poku and Füsun Türetken, No Name in the Street

Installation and readings, Room 2, Thursday 5 May, 15.00.

The installation No Name in the Street is based on the non-fiction book with the same title by US American author James Baldwin (1924 - 1987). Through the title as well as the narrative of the book Baldwin draws attention to complex mechanisms of in/visibility and objectification experienced by Black subjects in the realm of the city, which is understood as a locus of exclusion. The installation will be accompanied by a polyphonic reading, which creates a collage of voices from the Diaspora channelled through Baldwin’s text; and will be concluded by Sedat Pakay’s Film James Baldwin: From another Place (Istanbul, New York 1972).


Shane Davey, 14th Floor: A History of Social Housing in Tower Hamlets

Screening, Thursday 5 May, Room 7, 17.00, 70 minutes.


The film is a documentary looking at the pioneering London borough of Tower Hamlets, which has consistently been at the fountainhead of social housing developments and implementation for over 100 years. A chronological social history of Tower Hamlets is presented through candid handheld interviews with residents, members of parliament, CEO’s of housing associations, architects,artists and historians. These interviews are counter-posed with elegant moving shots (photographed from a track and dolly) where the buildings are contextualised against the landscape and surrounding environments.


Tom Cordell, Utopia London

Screening, Thurs 5 May, Room 7, 18.30, 82 minutes.


Utopia London: There was a time when London united around the vision of a better future. A group of young idealists were fusing science and art to build an egalitarian society. Their architecture fused William Morris with urban high-rise; ancient parkland with concrete. Follow the film-maker’s journey through the city where he grew up, meeting the architects who designed it, and reuniting them with the buildings they created. It shows how their work once revolutionized life in the city and how it can, today, inspire an optimistic vision of the future. Film followed by Q and A featuring the films director and contributors.


Q& A with Director Tom Cordell, architects George Finch, Kate Macintosh and Neave Brown (TBC), resident Zoe Slade, Joseph Heathcott (TBC).



Jamie O’Brien, Mapping Brain Injury

Talk, Friday 6 May, Room 7, 10.00.


Mapping Brain Injury is in collaboration with Headway East London, a brain injury day centre. The project uses map-making to capture the everyday and life-theme experiences of Headway’s members. People with neurological impairments often experience amplifications of day-to-day experiences such as confusion,forgetfulness, fatigue, isolation. Their maps enact phenomenal landscapes that are connective and productive, and also disrupted, knotted and decayed. The project aims to build a digital guidebook to the city after brain injury for public participation.


Manu Luksch, Mapping CCTV around Whitehall and Blue-sky Blueprint

Installation and screenings, Friday 6 May, Room 7, 11.00.


A two-part exercise to map CCTV cameras around Whitehall, London, within a zone covered by SOCPA, to expose the streets¹ multiple layers of surveillance. The second part involved mapping the range of one of these cameras by intercepting its signal as it was transmitted wirelessly without encryption. 


Suzanne Hall, Juliet Davis, Fran Tonkiss and others, City Street: public realm as line and labyrinth

Exhibit and discussion, Friday 6 May, Room 5, 12.00.


City streets are linear aggregations of a dense multitude of parts and combine diverse forms of public space and social life. In London, global impacts converge on the city’s urban routes and seams, such that economic forces,increased immigration and local adaptations reshape the life and livelihoods of city streets. The ‘high street’ is the recent focus of policy, planning and design consideration in London. The Mayor’s policy inclination is towards protecting small shops and local high streets; the ‘High Street London’ report emphasises the role of streets within small localities of the city; while the‘High Street 2012’ project promotes the linear quality of a 6 kilometre stretch of street from the City through to the Olympic Games site. Our Masters students’ studio project explores the spatial and social complexity of the contemporary city street through 8 detailed analyses of increments of High Street 2012. The varied methods reveal the crucial interplay of global forces and local adaptations, large and small investment energies, and public and private forms of expression.

Carolyn Deby, citysited/1 and Hilary Powell, Structures of Enchantment: Pop-Up Books in/on progress.

Gallery talks by UCL artists-in-residence, Friday 6 May, in gallery, 12.30


Powell discusses early work in progress from the AHRC-funded Fellowship project ‘The Critical Pop-Up Book: Re-imagining London’s Olympic ‘Structures of Enchantment’ examining and reinvigorating the playful tradition/techniques of the pop-upbook as a critical and creative tool in urban design/research. As each turn ofthe page enacts a critical moment of simultaneous construction/demolition the project critiques the idealised future projections of conventional architectural models, exposing the mechanisms of change and creating anunsettled landscape on the brink of major transformation.


Deby explains citysited/1, a time/site-based audience experience leads out into UCL’s immediate built environment. This is the first public outcome of my Leverhulme-funded artistic residency at the Urban Laboratory, examining the lived experience of the Urban Laboratory itself – seeking to create meaning by making connections between the physical, geographic, intellectual and incidental trajectories of its academic research themes, and the real people and urban places implicated in that research.


Ann Thorpe, Architecture and Design after Consumerism

Workshop, Friday 6 May, Room 7, 14.00.


Architecture and Design after Consumerism is a project to examine design’s changing roles and the possible material and spatial results from a steady-state economy that is not under constant pressure to ‘grow.’ The workshop is a hands-on exploration of the relationship between economic growth (as expressed through patterns of consumerism) and our material and spatial experiences of cities.The workshop unfolds in two parts (1) how does consumerism shape architecture,infrastructure and cities? and (2) if we could lessen the pressures for growth/consumerism, how might we retrofit cities for ecological and social sustainability, and override configuration for economic growth?

Booking required: Ann Thorpe ann@designers-atlas.net

Matthew Gandy, Entropy by design: Gilles Clément and the limits to avant-garde urbanism

Lecture, Friday 6 May, Room TBC, 15.00


Andrew Harris, Visualising the Ups and Downs of Mumbai

Talk, Friday 6 May, Room 7, 17.00.


This presentation reflects on the visual methods used in a recent research project exploring elevated transport projects in Mumbai. In particular it charts how photographs, video and internet technologies were used to supplement and extend traditional archival, interviewing and ethnographic techniques. These visual methods have been key in investigating how the construction and maintenance of vertical transport projects are often indicative and constitutive of a growing polarisation in urban India between social groups with access to infrastructure and those that survive and subsist at a more basic, ‘horizontal’ level. However, the presentation also suggests that more explicitly artistic interventions are required beyond visual documentation to capture some of the more dynamic and opaque qualities of everyday life in Mumbai. www.verticalurbanism.com


Rebecca Ross and Ben Campkin, INTERNET <--> CITY

Panel discussion on relationships between the internet and London. Friday 6 May 2011, Room 7, 18.00


Internet<--> City will feature four speakers presenting projects that make innovative use of the internet to facilitate new kinds of relationship between London and its citizens.

Featuring Matt Brown, Editor of The Londonist, an eclectic online city guide. Mark Eves, creator of MyCouncil iPhone app, a tool to submit in situ feedback and complaints to councils on the fly. Kieran Long, prolific London-based architectural journalist who streams his critique through a highly active twitter feed. Tim Hardy, member of the Sukey collective, developers of an adhoc live mapping service for use by demonstrators during protests.

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