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Cities Methodologies 2014 (Spring edition)

Dates: 28 April - 2 May 2014
Venue: Slade Research Centre, UCL

Cities Methodologies Spring 2014

As the main Cities Methodologies moved to October in 2014, a smaller scale events-led exhibition of research-in-progress was created in the spring. View the programme (pdf).

The programme engaged with a range of diverse topics, with highlights including a seminar on the life and work of Ruth Glass, the UCL sociologist who 50 years ago coined the influential term ‘gentrification’, drawing together scholars who knew or were taught by her. Cross-disciplinary groups of researchers and practitioners also presented novel approaches to heritage, as the built environment takes on new social, cultural and economic importance as a repository of collective memory – in tension with the increasing threat of erasure through new development. Emerging scholars and artists led ground-breaking critical guided walks through London, focusing on the City, the River Fleet and King’s Cross, and explicitly reflecting on walking as a way of better understanding cities and urban experience.

Three installations – on architecture and fire, urban walking and the photography of Balfron House – were housed throughout the week in the Slade Research Centre.

List of events:

Remembering Ruth Glass and the Centre for Urban Studies at UCL / UCL Urban Laboratory Literary Fellow writing workshops / Walking Methodologies: A Silent Circle / Bartlett Research Exchange: Cultural Heritage / AHRC Housing and Wellbeing Symposium: Equalities of Wellbeing & Housing Workshop / Walking Methodologies: Money Walks: Profit, Power and Pedestrians in the City of London / Photographing Balfron Tower / Buildings on Fire: Towards a New Approach to Urban Memory / Participatory Photography in Practice / Walking Methodologies: Lost Fleet River / Making Cities Better: Urban Theory and Practice / Engineering Exchange / Demolish or Refurb? / Walking Methodologies: Tracing Invisible Londons / Walking Methodologies: Learning to Walk, roundtable

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