Events

Why Detroit Matters: Decline, Renewal and Hope in a Divided City

Detroit has come to symbolise deindustrialization and the challenges, and opportunities, it presents. As many cities struggle with urban decline, racial and ethnic tensions and the consequences of neoliberal governance and political fragmentation, Detroit’s relevance grows stronger. In this talk, Brian Doucet bridges academic and non-academic responses to this extreme example of a fractured and divided, post-industrial city.

Date and time
Wednesday 9 January 2019
16.00 – 18.00

Location
Graham Wallas Room, 5th Floor, Old Building
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

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Art Festivals and the City

The 2017 edition of the Documenta art festival featured a satellite event in Athens, outside of its regular host city Kassel. Held every five years, Documenta is widely considered one of the most influential contemporary art festivals, which has historically been known for its field-configuring provocations. The latest edition, however, garnered criticism of its excursion abroad as "crisis tourism," a way to exploit the political and financial situation in Athens for cultural consumption.

Date and time
Thursday 17 May 2018
18.00 – 20.00

Location
PAR.LG.03
Parish Building
London School of Economics and Political Science
London WC2A 2AE
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Innovation in Large Scale Urban Development

As part of a comparative ESRC research project, Governing the Future City, a comparative analysis of governance innovations in large scale urban developments in Shanghai, London, and Johannesburg, this public event brings together lead practitioners from the three contexts to learn from and reflect on different approaches to large scale urban development projects.

Date and time
Wednesday 17 January 2018
17.30 – 19.30

Location
Room G.12
The Bartlett
22 Gordon Street
London WC1H 0QB
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Financialization, land value capture and urban development: Comparative perspectives

The burgeoning literature on financialization, land value capture and urban development is often focused on transnational private sector actors, and has brought forward numerous detailed case studies of urban development in wealthier country contexts; interpretations veer between very wide-ranging generalizations on the circulation of capital, and detailed case studies of the politics of urban development.

Date and time
Monday 15 January 2018
17.00 – 19.00

Location
UCL Anatomy G29 J Z Young LT
entrance from Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
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Natura Urbana: The Brachen of Berlin

Participants: Cara Clancy (University of Plymouth), Matthew Gandy (University of Cambridge), Daniel Raven-Ellison (Guerrilla Geographer and National Park City campaigner), Meredith Whitten (London School of Economics), Judy Ling Wong (Black Environment Network and National Park City Foundation)

Date and time
25th November 2017

11.00-12.30 p.m.

Location
The Archivist, Unit V Reliance Wharf, 2-10 Hertford Road, London, N1 5ET
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Urban Geopolitics book launch: Rethinking Planning

One of the major on-going debates and challenges in critical urban scholarship is related to the call for de-centring knowledge production, especially the emphasis on the need of ‘theorising’ from outside the Global North. What can we learn from this endeavour to re-assert the importance of southern cities, and are there any limitations in our existing practices? Does the focus on a select number of southern cities result in replicating the extant shortfalls of urban studies from the Global North?

Date and time
20 November 2017

6-8pm (GMT)

Location
UCL Roberts Building G08 Sir David Davies LT, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE
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Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle

The poems, essays and novels of the late Edouard Glissant rely on both a keen spatiality and a postcolonial sense of relationality. Glissant’s work is often difficult to decipher or contradictory, and engagement with his work in geography is still rare - albeit increasing in works tied to the study of Black Geographies and Black urbanism. I see many opportunities for urban geographers to engage with his thinking productively.

Date and time
11th November 2017

6.30-9.00pm (GMT)

Location
Cambridge House, 1 Addington Square, London SE5 0HF
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Mega-Urbanization in the Global South

The poems, essays and novels of the late Edouard Glissant rely on both a keen spatiality and a postcolonial sense of relationality. Glissant’s work is often difficult to decipher or contradictory, and engagement with his work in geography is still rare - albeit increasing in works tied to the study of Black Geographies and Black urbanism. I see many opportunities for urban geographers to engage with his thinking productively.

Date and time
17 May 2017
6.00-7.30 p.m. (BST)

Location
King’s College London, Pyramid Room, 4th floor, K4U.04, King’s Building, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS

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Sensory Cities: New Methods and Approaches for Research, Planning, Design and Curation

The poems, essays and novels of the late Edouard Glissant rely on both a keen spatiality and a postcolonial sense of relationality. Glissant’s work is often difficult to decipher or contradictory, and engagement with his work in geography is still rare - albeit increasing in works tied to the study of Black Geographies and Black urbanism. I see many opportunities for urban geographers to engage with his thinking productively.

Date and time
24 March 2017

10.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.

Location
London Metropolitan University, The Wash Houses, Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT

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