Lectures start at 17.30 and will be held in the Fine Art Lecture Theatre, King Edward VII building (view campus map), unless otherwise stated. All lectures are free and open to all but please book via the links on the event.
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Prof Susan Fainstein: Planning for a Just City. 2nd November 2017Prof Susan Fainstein: Planning for a Just City. 2nd November 2017
Susan will discuss Neoliberalism approaches to urban development have prioritized economic growth rather than justice. Increased inequality and diminished access to amenities and welfare for the already disadvantaged have resulted. The use of justice as a governing principle—defined by the criteria of equity, diversity, and democracy—would require that policies be evaluated in terms of their consequences for different social groups. Arguments for giving priority to justice in planning are presented, and policy examples from New York, Amsterdam, and Singapore are used to illustrate different planning approaches and their consequences for more just cities.
Susan S. Fainstein is a Senior Research Fellow and formerly Professor of Urban Planning in the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She previously taught at Columbia and Rutgers Universities and for seven years as a visiting professor at the LKY School of the National University of Singapore. She received the Distinguished Educator Award for lifetime contributions and the Davidoff Book Award for The Just City, both from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).
Urban Futures and the Dark Enlightenment: Professor Roger Burrows 8th November 2017Urban Futures and the Dark Enlightenment: Professor Roger Burrows 8th November 2017
Prof. Roger Burrows (Newcastle), ‘Urban Futures and the Dark Enlightenment’, investigates the question of enlightenment, architecture, the city, and the philosophy of Nick Land, as part of a series of research talks organised by the Philosophy programme at Newcastle. Contact: Dr. Michael Lewis (Philosophical Studies), at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dr Kate Maclean: ‘Subaltern wealth? Cash, construction and urban change in La Paz, Bolivia'. 30th November 2017Dr Kate Maclean: ‘Subaltern wealth? Cash, construction and urban change in La Paz, Bolivia'. 30th November 2017
In the last decade, many countries in the Global South have experienced a rapid growth in GDP, fuelled by a resource boom, that has expanded the middle class. In Bolivia, where GDP has tripled in the last ten years, policies based on principles of socialism and decolonisation have actively favoured indigenous people working in the informal economy. The impact of this increase in wealth has manifested itself in the built environment, as brightly coloured mansions - nicknamed 'Andean Psychedelic Baroque' – have come to dominate the skyline of the informal areas to the North of the city, whereas luxury properties in the salubrious ‘Zona Sur’ [Southern Zone] are being bought up, and transformed by this emerging ‘Chola Bourgeoisie’. These developments have provoked responses, documented in the press, popular culture and social media, that demonstrate the huge cultural, social and political upheaval that these changes represent. One La Paz based newspaper controversially referred to the increasing presence of Aymaran wealth in the elite, Spanish speaking, Zona Sur as a ‘colonisation;’ and it is striking that the image that has emerged to represent these processes is that of a rich Aymaran woman offering cash to residents of areas from which she would have erstwhile been excluded. This paper considers the cultural, gendered and colonial urban logics that are pivotal to understanding urban transformation in La Paz over the last ten years, but which urban theories, particularly those developed mostly in reference to post-industrial cities in the Global North, tend to deem as epiphenomenal to underlying movements of capital.
Dr Simon Parker: Precarious Trajectories. 25th January 2018Dr Simon Parker: Precarious Trajectories. 25th January 2018
Dr Simon Parker from York University will be giving a talk and showing his documentary film Precarious Trajectories.
Set on location in Libya, Italy and Greece during 2015-2016 at the height of the Mediterranean migration crisis, Precarious Trajectories focuses on the perilous sea crossings that hundreds of thousands of refugees have undertaken in recent years in order to arrive at what they hope will be the safer shores of Europe through the eyes of Ruha from Syria and Ahmed from Somalia.
The tragic loss of life off the coast of Lampedusa in October 2013 in a series of shipwrecks forced the Italian government to launch a more effective search and rescue operation ‘Mare Nostrum’. The film explores how when that operation came to an end the death toll rose ten times during ‘Black April’ in 2015 and subsequently how the European Union with the introduction of Operation Triton and Operation Sofia sought to prioritise anti-smuggling and border controls over humanitarian rescue.
The documentary concludes by showing how Angela Merkel’s ‘refugees welcome’ policy and the more humanitarian response of Mayor Leoluca Orlando of Palermo came into conflict with a hostile counter-response by the heads of Europe’s governments as messages of solidarity gave way to razor wire, riot police and the building of ‘hotspot’ detention camps for an increasingly forgotten and desperate people.
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Lynsey Hanley "What needs to change? An intimate history of recent British housing policy"Lynsey Hanley "What needs to change? An intimate history of recent British housing policy"
Lynsey Hanley will be speaking at the University as part of the public lecture series run by the School of Architecture Planning and Landscape on 15th February 2018.
Ten years ago, her first book, Estates: An Intimate History, was published, examining the reputation and realities of living in council housing. A decade on, social housing is being built in ever fewer quantities at a time of urgent need for truly affordable housing. The effects of government housing policy over the last 40 years have made social housing available only to those most desperately in need. Both Conservative and Labour governments have focused their energy and esteem on the home-owning majority, devaluing both the role of social housing and the people who live in it. What has changed, and what needs to change, in British housing policy to ensure that everyone has access to a good home they can afford?
Lynsey Hanley was born in Birmingham and lives in Liverpool. She is the author of ESTATES: AN INTIMATE HISTORY, and RESPECTABLE: THE EXPERIENCE OF CLASS. She is a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement.
Thomas Sharp Lecture: 'Engendering the city we need? Overcoming the barriers' by Professor Emeritus Marion Roberts. 1st March 2018Thomas Sharp Lecture: 'Engendering the city we need? Overcoming the barriers' by Professor Emeritus Marion Roberts. 1st March 2018
In this lecture, Marion Roberts will review the ideas and legacy of the movement to embed sensitivity to gender issues in town planning and urban design. While this movement has languished in the recent past a resurgence of feminism at grass roots level in the UK has provoked renewed interest from a younger generation. The review will highlight inspirational examples of good practice in planning and urban design from within the European Union and the global south, as well as the small local gains made in everyday practice. This sets the scene for outlining the renewed challenges that planners and architects face in bringing awareness and understanding of gender issues into the global development industry.
Marion Roberts is Professor Emeritus of Urban Design at the University of Westminster.
She was educated as an architect at University College London and following some years in practice as a community architect, took her PhD at Cardiff University, combining social policy and architecture in a study of gender divisions and housing design.
Her externally funded research and writing has covered the following areas:
- Gender divisions in urban planning and design
- Cultural regeneration and urban design
- The night-time economy and cities
Marion taught at the University of Westminster for nearly three decades, educating successive cohorts of international Masters’ students in urban design and planning.
She has been a member of the Matrix group of feminist architects, served as a Trustee for the Women's Design Service and was co-leader of the working group on cities for the European Commission funded COST network genderSTE. Marion is currently working with a European network of scholars on a book on gender and spatial development, supported by the Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung.