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The UCL Urban Laboratory, established in 2005, is a university wide initiative that brings together the best urban teaching and research at UCL. Our activities build on the full spectrum of work across the arts and sciences, ranging from civil engineering to film studies, from urban history to the latest developments in architectural design.

At the UCL Urban Laboratory we encourage urban thinking, research, teaching and practice that are critical, creative, independent and interdisciplinary. We aim to share the knowledge our work produces widely, with diverse audiences. We experiment with new methods of urban research across disciplinary boundaries, practices and professions, providing a laboratory for cross- and interdisciplinary invention, because difficult urban challenges demand new modes of collaboration.

Through our activities we play 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. Based in London, we engage with this city, and the communities that inhabit it. Drawing on extensive networks across the globe, we also attach great importance to the internationalisation of urban debate, focusing on cities across Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Urban research at UCL draws on a rich heritage of pioneering ideas evidenced in the work of experimental thinkers, communicators and practitioners who have taught and studied at UCL, including Patrick Abercrombie, Reyner Banham, Peter Cook, Ruth Glass, Peter Hall, Derek Jarman, Otto Königsberger, Eduardo Paolozzi and Walter Segal

Professor Matthew Gandy (UCL Geography) held directorship of the Urban Laboratory from 2005 to 2011. Dr Ben Campkin (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture) is the current director. 

UCL Urban Laboratory
3rd Floor, 132 Hampstead Road, London NW1 2BX

Mail to: UCL Urban Laboratory, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Phone: 020 3108 9402
E-mail: urbanlaboratory[at]ucl.ac.uk

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Dr. Ben Campkin
Email: b.campkin@ucl.ac.uk

Jordan Rowe
Email: jordan.rowe@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone: + 44 (0)20 3108 9402

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