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2012 Workshop



UCL Main Campus: Pearson Building Room G07, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

             Closest tube: Euston Square, but also walking distance from Euston or Warren Street

A detailed map can be found here: department/contacts-and-location/map.jpg/view


Day 1, March 26: 9:30am- 5:15pm, followed by 7p.m. dinner

Day 2: March 27:  9:30am- 4:30pm


A £10 conference fee will cover the costs of administration and refreshment breaks over the              two-day workshop. This can be made by cash or cheque on first morning of the workshop.                 This fee does not include lunch or dinner on either day.             


Participants will need to provide their own lunch on both days. This could be a packed ready-to-eat lunch (no microwave available) or something purchased from nearby Tottenham Court Road. Weather depending we’ll eat lunch together outside in the quad or in back inside at G07 Pearson.

On Monday evening, after-workshop drinks will be held at The Lamb (94 Lambs Conduit Street, WC1N 3LZ) followed by dinner next door at Ciao Bella.  Both are, of course, optional.

Presentation Format:

All attendees will present on the first day, as one of eight people in their track. Time allocated for each presenter is 45min, which should be roughly divided into 20 minutes of presentation and 25 minutes for discussion. A projector and laptop will be setup in each room.


The nature of this conference is that of a workshop, where participants present works-in-progress and are able to air ideas not fully formed.  It is expected that each participant will collaborate reciprocally, providing critical yet supportive feedback and discussion of other participant’s work. There is no need to submit any material in written form.

Twitter: @stadtkoll  #uclstadt

Contact: Questions in advance, problems on day of, call Regan: 077.888.007.05

Stadtkolloquium Annual Workshop 2012

Day 1: March 26

9:30 – 10:00 am    Welcome, coffee, introductions (PB G07)

All Day: Track Sessions 

                        Group A: Experiencing the Urban (PB G07)

                        Group B: Urban Interventions (PB G03)

                        Group C: Society, Nature and Cities (PB 304)

                        Group D: Transnational Urbanism (PB 305)                       

10:00-11:30  Presenters 1 & 2

11:30-11:45 coffee

11:45-1:15  Presenters 3 & 4

1:15-2:00 lunch

2:00-3:30  Presenters 5 & 6

3:30-3:45  coffee

3:45-5:15  Presenters 7 & 8

5:30 Pub

7:00 Dinner

Day 2: March 27

9:30am  Coffee

9:45-10:30 Review of Day 1 (218 Chadwick)

10:30-11:30:   Keynote 1:

Professor Yvonne Rydin, Bartlett School of Urban Planning 

11:30-11:45 coffee

11:45-12:45 breakout sessions

A.     Participatory Research and Activist Academics I.  (Chadwick 218)

Michael Edwards, Bartlett School of Planning 

B.     But what does this mean? Theoretical-empirical dilemmas in urban research and   

       writing (PB 304)


      Dr. Noam Lesham

C.     The importance of historical perspectives in urban research (PB 305)                 

      Prof. Richard Dennis, UCL Department of Geography

12:45-1:45  lunch

1:45-2:45  breakout sessions

E.     Participatory Research and Activist Academics II.  (Chadwick 218)

Panel discussion with active practitioners

F.     Working with research material, trying to write interesting accounts (PB 304)

      Dr. Alan Latham, UCL Department of Geography

G.     Practices of Representing Research      (PB 305)  

Dr. Chiara Ambrosio, UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies


3:00-4:00 Keynote: Dr. Ben Campkin, Director of UCL Urban Laboratory   (Chadwick 218)


4:00-4:30 Wrap-up, coffee & goodbyes

List of participants


Track A: Experiencing the urban

This workshop track will attend to the experiential dimension of the urban: the subjective, immaterial, in some cases fleeting and emotive multi-sensuous engagements with urban space, past and present. It encourages papers that adopt broadly humanist, phenomenological and ‘more-than-representational' (Lorimer 2005) perspectives; which emphasise practice, movement, perception, performance and affect. This track welcomes but is not limited to contributions which emphasise the auditory, somatic, visual, olfactory and gustatory nature of urban contexts and apply notions of rhythm (Lefebvre 1992), dwelling (Ingold 1993), and memory (Tilley 1997).

Key Words: experience, subjectivity, emotion, senses, perception, practice

Track A participants:

1. Samuel Merrill (chair),

UCL Department of Geography (Year 2)

Abstract title: Sensory Overload: Subterranean Mnemonic Phenomenology???

2. Anna Plyushteva,

UCL Department of Geography (Year 1)

Abstract title: The Production of Convention and Routine in the New Spaces of the Sofia Metro

3. Sandra Jasper (chair),

UCL Department of Geography (Year 4)

Abstract title: Acoustic island – capturing sound in the Berlin Philharmonic concert hall

4. Julia Binder,

Department of Urban and Regional Sociology, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany (Year 3)

Abstract title: Memorial processes in Berlin and Buenos Aires

5. Amira Hasanein,

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University (Year 2)

Abstract title: Exploring the microclimate experience for outdoor spaces’ design

6. Katelyn Parady,
IGERT in Urban Ecology Fellow
School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, USA (Year 3)

Abstract title: Chemical Encounters and the Urban Sensorium: Material Imaginations in Phoenix, Arizona

7. David Roberts,

UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, MPhil/ PhD in Architectural Design (Year 1)

Abstract title: Housing by Virtue: The unfolding of architecture, politics and language in the life of an estate

8. Sophia Konstantina Banou,

PhD by creative practice SAPL (Architecture), Newcastle University (Year 1)

Abstract title: The Kinematography of a City

Track B: Urban Interventions

Drawing upon the theme of 'urban interventions this track will explore various forms of acting into cities in ways that reconfigure, or seek to alter, existing social arrangements. Such urban interventions might take the shape of political mobilizations or contestations, technological innovations, emerging social practices or the articulation of alternative visions for urban life. We welcome contributions from a range of urban-related disciplines dealing with matters of urban policy and planning, technology and engineering, political or social theory, or that are broadly connected with the challenges or possibilities of urban life. Keywords: social movements, urban politics, emerging trends, experiments, changing practices, urban policy

Track B participants:

1. Gruia Bădescu,

The Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge (Year 1)

Abstract title: Healing the City: The Role of Architectural Reconstruction in Post-War Reconciliation in Sarajevo and Beirut

2. Regan Koch (chair),

UCL Department of Geography (Year 3)

Abstract title: Practicing conviviality: Reflections from the public spaces of ‘pay-what-you-want restaurants 

3. Lucrezia Lennert,
UCL Department of Geography (Year 3)

Abstract title: The City and the War Machines? Deleuze and Guattari and collective houses in Berlin.

4. Amil Mohanan (chair),

Abstract title: Governing Internet Usage in Schools

UCL Department of Geography (Year 2)

5. Marina Chang,

UCL Development Planning Unit (Year 3)

Abstract title: Growing the food knowledge commons: a journey of university-community engagement in London

6. Aditya Mohanty,,

Commonwealth Split-Site Doctoral Scholar@IIT Kanpur & UCL Geography

Abstract title: The Dynamics of In Situ Citizenship in Delhi’s Postcolonial Urban Context(s)

7. Myfanwy Taylor,

UCL Department of Geography (Year 1)

Abstract title: Combining activism with research: A strategy for the mobilisation of a more hopeful critical geography

Track C: Society, Nature & Cities

This track will focus on the interrelatedness and interdependencies of the systems of society, nature and cities. It welcomes contributions that shape and advance an understanding of sustainable and resilient pathways of development and particularly encourages papers that consider the networks that mediate the flows within and between these systems. Interpretations of these systemic flows can include environmental, financial, social and political exchanges, incorporating approaches from a wide range of disciplines; from concepts of urban metabolism to institutional theory, and political analysis to systems thinking and development studies. Key words: urban metabolisms, socio-natures, infrastructure, networks of mediation, sustainability, resilience

Track C participants:

1. Gloria Pessina,

Department of Architecture and Planning, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Abstract title: FROM THE DAM TO THE DESERT- A political ecology approach to water-related projects in Western India

2. Maria Mitsoula,

PhD by Design (Architecture), University of Edinburgh (Year 1)

Abstract title: A Section through the Metropolitan Landscape of Athens

3. Anaïs Leger,

Landscape Architecture Department, Angers, France (Year 2)

Abstract title: Evolution of Practices and Professions of French Landscape Architects in Response to Ecological Issues

4. Jane Dickson,

UCL Department of Anthropology (Year 3)

Abstract title: Utopia on the roof? Well, maybe....

5. Malcolm Morgan,

Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Cambridge

Abstract title: Strategic Sustainability Assessment for Retrofitting Housing and Communities in Urban Areas

6. Nicholas Choy,

Department of Geography, King's College London (Year 1)

Abstract title: Alternative Capitals in Volume Housing: The Search for Social Specificities in the Production of Generic Environments

7. Ine Steenmans (chair),

UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (Year 3)

Abstract title: Integrated infrastructure networks: the (long) road to circular metabolisms

8. Saffron Woodcraft,

UCL Department of Anthropology (Year 1)

Abstract title: Another failed utopia? What does social sustainability mean for the development and formation of new urban communities

Track D: Transnational Urbanism

This track will explore the implications for urban areas of the mobility of people, goods, capital and information across borders, in particular the transnational networks and ties that both shape and evolve from these flows. As cities increasingly find themselves competing on a global stage (Sassen 1998), the traffic of ideas, people and models between cities has similarly increased (Roy and Ong 2011). This track welcomes papers that discuss the relationships between urban spaces and these transnational flows. In particular we welcome contributions that consider the broad range of actors involved in transnational urban networks, from city leaders and international consultants to grassroots movements and individuals.

Keywords: transnational, mobility, networks, migration, citizenship

Track D participants:

1. Astrid Wood, (in virtual presence)

UCL Department of Geography (Year 2)

Abstract title: Bus Rapid Transit in South Africa: Principle of Policy Circulation

2. Anna Mayr,

Graduate School of Urban Studies, TU Darmstadt, Germany (Year 4)

Abstract title: The Global City Discourse in Urban Transformations: A Comparative View on Delhi and Johannesburg

3. Kirsten Alke,
School of Real Estate & Planning, Henley Business School, University of Reading
(Year 2)

Abstract title: Mobile Planners

4. Elizabeth Rapoport (chair),

UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (Year 3)

Abstract title: In Search of the Eco-City: sustainable masterplans, global consultants & the transnational production of a planning model: Some reflections on a work in progress

5. Darya Malyutina,

UCL Department of Geography (Year 4)

Abstract title: Russian-speaking migrants in London: transnational origins of friendship in an ‘invisible community’

6. Pooya Ghoddousi (chair),

UCL Department of Geography (Year 2)

Abstract title: Global Nomads or Temporary Citizens: Transnational mobility of 'middling' Iranians

7. Gabriel Silvestre,

UCL Bartlett School of Planning (Year 1)

Abstract title: Global Circuits of Policy Mobilities: Models, actors and processes in the production of Olympic spaces in Rio de Janeiro 

8. Sean Kennedy,
University of Southampton, Department: Geography (Faculty of Human Sciences), (Year 2)

Abstract title: Model Cities of the Twentieth Century