Book launch: Urban Revolution Now

Date and time
Thursday 24 February 2015
6.30-8.30 pm (GMT)

Room 108 and G07, Pearson Building, University College London, WC1E 6BT (

Book launch: Urban Revolution Now

To celebrate the new book, Urban Revolution Now: Henri Lefebvre in Urban Research and Architecture (Edited by Łukasz Stanek, Christian Schmid, and Ákos Moravánszky):

A panel debate on the possibilities and challenges of applying Lefebvre’s theory in international urban research and practice.

Lefebvre’s concepts and theoretical reflections have become widely known in the last decades. However, working with these concepts in many different contexts poses serious challenges; and in any case taking Lefebvre as a starting point for research and action is an endeavor and an adventure, an expedition into unknown fields. How can we make use of and move beyond Lefebvre’s insights today? Can we apply his concepts fruitfully in research and action in urban situations across the globe? On the occasion of the book launch of Urban Revolution Now: Henri Lefebvre in Urban Research and Architecture we will have an opportunity to debate these questions with two of the editors, and three London urban scholars.


Christian Schmid (ETH Zurich)

Łukasz Stanek (Manchester)

Camillo Boano (UCL)

David Madden (LSE)

Louis Moreno (UCL and Goldsmiths)



Jenny Robinson (UCL)

Please join us for celebratory drinks from 6.30pm in UCL’s Pearson Building, Room 108 (MacII), and a panel debate from 7pm in the Exhibition Room, G07, Pearson Building.

Re-gentrification and Urban Core Revival of Tokyo: A Survey of Chuo Ward and Condominium Residents

Date and time
Thursday 19 February 2015
5-7 pm (GMT)

Room EAS.E168, 1st Floor, East Building, LSE (See Maps and Directions)

Re-gentrification and Urban Core Revival of Tokyo: A Survey of Chuo Ward and Condominium Residents

Asato Saito, Professor of Urban Policy, Yokohama National University

Abstract: Since the late 1990s Japanese major cities have witnessed a shift from decline to growth of their population in urban core area. Chuo Ward in Tokyo experienced a particularly dramatic increase in its population. This study tries to examine its impact and implications upon the local communities from two perspectives. Firstly, the analysis of census data reveals that the growth was mainly caused by relatively young adults aged between late 20s to 40s who live in newly built high-rise condominiums and working as urban professionals. This contrast with the previous round of urban development in the late 1980s when many residents were forced to leave the community by the invasion of office spaces. Secondly, a questionnaire survey conducted with the condominium residents shows that their social class is significantly higher than the surrounding area, in terms of the level of income, occupation, and educational attainment. They seem to have a distinguished characteristics in consumption behavior, social and political consciousness, and the formation of human networks. The study discusses if a new round of gentrification is happening in the urban core of Tokyo, and, if so, what is the social and political implications.

Discussant: Antoine Paccoud (LSE)