The Bartlett Future Cities 2nd Seminar// Nightlife Spaces and the Future City
Monday, 22 May 2017 from 17:30 to 20:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Nightlife Spaces and the Future City
The Bartlett's Future Cities next event will explore the life of the Future City spaces at night, and how the morphology and size of cities is likely to influence human behaviour. Our guest speakers, Dr. Ben Campkin and Laura Marshall from UCL Urban Laboratory will open this doctoral dialogue with a presentation on the history of nightlife spaces in London, followed by a presentation on city size and human behaviour by Clémentine Cottineau from The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA).
LGBTQI nightlife spaces in London: 1986 to the present
During the last three decades, there has been a recent intensity of closures of longstanding LGBTQI nightlife venues in London; that those catering to women and black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) LGBTQI people have been disproportionately vulnerable to closure. At a time of rising inequality and intense competition for space, closures of venues and other spaces present a challenge for already vulnerable minorities, for the neighbourhoods in which they form part of the social, cultural and economic fabric, and for social integration in the capital more widely. The research conducted by UCL Urban Laboratory revealed imaginative appropriations and re-uses of space, and a range of dynamic and adaptive organisational forms – including entrepreneurial and not-for-pro t models and close links to the creative industries providing important space for cultural production.
Source: Report on LGBTQI Nightlife in London: from 1986 to the Present.
Dr. Ben Campkin is Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory and Senior Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture. He is the author of Remaking London: Decline and Regeneration in Urban Culture and co-editor of Engaged Urbanism: Cities and Methodologies and Dirt: New Geographies of Cleanliness and Contamination.
Laura Marshall is PhD candidate in the Department of Geography. Alongside her doctoral research, Laura has worked with the UCL Urban Laboratory as a Research Assistant, on a project researching LGBTQI nightlife spaces in London from 1986 until the present, in collaboration with RAZE Collective and the Queer Spaces Network. Currently Laura works as a teaching assistant on the Gender, Society and Representation MA and occasionally lectures on sexuality for the Urban Studies MSc at UCL.
More is different? The (varying) effect of city size on human behaviours.
For a century, biologists and economists have shown that more is different: the metabolism of larger mammals is more economical; large cities produce more output per capita. Recently, complexity science has stressed this point further, offering models to explain this phenomenon of urban scaling laws. However, because cities are fuzzy concepts, not only the magnitude of human concentration plays a role in shaping behaviours, the morphology of these concentrations counts too. In this talk, I will present a collective work on city delineation and its impact on aggregate measures of urban life. Total income, the length of road infrastructures or the quantity of phone contacts varies with the size of the city, but it varies too with respect to the elements included or not in what is considered a city.
Clémentine Cottineau is a research associate at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis of UCL, within the EPSRC project Urban Dynamics Lab. She holds a degree in economics and a PhD in geography from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Being interested in complex methods of spatial analysis, she works on ways to measure and model socioeconomic inequality in cities across geographical scales, using various datasets, from historical registers to mobile phone records.