SYMP The Making of Modern Ankar: Space, Poitics, Representation, University of Westminster, UK 23.11.2012 2-7pm

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An international symposium organised by the Department of Architecture at the University of Westminster in  conjunction with SOAS Seminars on Turkey

The making of modern Ankara is a momentous yet oft-neglected episode in twentieth-century history. The transformation of this ancient Anatolian town into the capital of the Turkish Republic captured the world’s attention during the interwar period, when Ankara became a laboratory of modernism and nation building. Largely designed by European architects, the new capital embodied the reformist ethos of a secular state firmly projected towards the West. Today, as this sprawling city of over four millions seeks to reinvent its identity, its modern development is the subject of growing scholarship and public interest. The half-day symposium brings together a panel of scholars from architecture, planning, art history, heritage, and Turkish studies to revisit the making of modern Ankara in a cross-disciplinary perspective, while also debating its legacy on the eve of the Republic’s 90th anniversary.
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CONF UCL Urban Laboratory Cities Methodologies 2012. London, UK. 4.-7.7.2012

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UCL URBAN LABORATORY CITIES METHODOLOGIES 2012

UCL Slade Research Centre
Woburn Square, London

4-7 July, 2012
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanlab/en2/index.php?page=3.0.0

Inaugurated in 2009, Cities Methodologies is an initiative to showcase innovative methods of urban research from across UCL and the wider urban research community. Through peer-reviewed exhibits and events, it draws together undergraduate, masters, and doctoral research, alongside work produced by academics and other researchers and practitioners. Cities Methodologies promotes cross- and inter-disciplinary work and this year showcases recent research on a wide range of cities including Detroit, Paris, London, Johannesburg, Mumbai and Beirut.

This year, through a public call for participants, we particularly welcomed proposals on:

  • Collaborative/public methods for urban research;
  • Mega events and urban change;
  • Housing and dishousing.

Visitors to Cities Methodologies will encounter diverse methods of urban research in juxtaposition – from archival studies to digital media experiments, practice-led art, architectural and design work to film-making, soundscapes, games and public sculpture.

All events are free and open to the public. For full programme of events and exhibitors please click here http://www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanlab/en2/index.php?page=3.0.0

Laura Hirst
Urban Laboratory Administrator
UCL

EVENTS, FILM Premiere and Screening: Builders and The Games, A film about construction workers and the building of the Stratford Olympic Park. London. 8.7.2012 & 2.8.2012

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Builders and The Games
57 min. documentary dir. Margaret Dickinson.
A film about construction workers and the building of the Stratford Olympic Park
Two Screenings: July 8th and August 2nd

1) Official premiere – July 8th 1.30 pm Stratford Picture House: http://www.eastendfilmfestival.com/programme/1707/builders-and-the-games
Screening with Pudding Mill Lane 10 min documentary dir. Ausra Linkeviciute, one of the short films made in association with Builders and The Games.
Cinema address: Salway Road London E15 1BX (Stratford tube/rail)

2) And free showing of Builders and The Games with all 4 associated short films by young directors and discussion followed by drinks: August 2nd, 6pm, Raven Row Gallery 56 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LS. (Liverpool St. Station tube/rail)

For more information: www.constructionandthegames.com

EVENTS Architecture as antidote: should cities make us fit? UCL, London. 4.7.2012

Architecture as antidote: should cities make us fit?
4th July, 7pm – 9pm, Henry Wellcome Auditorium, Wellcome Trust, 183 Euston Road, London

A panel of architects and health experts debate the role of architecture and cities in creating healthy lifestyles. Should architects be part of the growing campaign of “fit cities”, or does this represent the medicalisation of architecture?

The debate will be chaired by Claire Fox, Director of the Institute of Ideas. Speakers include Mirko Zardini, Director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture and curator of the recent exhibition Imperfect Health: the Medicalization of Architecture; David Burney, Commissioner of New York Dept. Design & Construction; Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet and Teva Hesse, Director at CF Møller Architects.

Tickets for this event are available at: http://lfa2012-debate.eventbrite.co.uk

CONF Smart City Event 2012. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 27.06.2012.

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Successful European Smart City projects present their approach and tell you about the most successful profit-making models!

The Smart City Event 2012 is the largest conference within Europe where all the parties convene for 2 days to learn from the most progressive projects. The focus is on sharing knowledge to realise climate ambitions and energy transition!

Download the brochure of Smart City Event 2012

Unique keynote speech:

Rifkin, Jermemy_bt.jpg Jeremy Rifkin
Author of The New York Times bestselling book The Third Industrial Revolution and 18 other books. He is a consultant to the European Union and heads of state around the world. He is the president of The Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, D.C.More information about Jeremy Rifkin

Day’s chairman:

Cramer, Jaqueline_bt.jpg Jacqueline Cramer, Professor of Sustainable Innovation, Utrecht University, former Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment

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EVENT: 4. Budapest Architecture Film Days, Kino cinema, Budapest, Hungary. 29.03.-01.04.2012.

http://kek.org.hu/filmnapok/en/

On 29th March – 1st April 2012, the KÉK – Contemporary Architecture Centre organizes the Budapest Architecture Film Days for the fourth time, in Kino cinema. The mission of the Architecture Film Days, inspired by the Rotterdam Architecture Film Festival, and initiated by KÉK in 2007, is to generate a dialogue between architectural practice that finds inspiration in cinema, and cinema borrowing its subjects from architecture and the city.

The 2012 edition, a selection of award winning films produced in recent years, is organized around various sections: Movement and Architecture traces the relationship between architecture and choreography, in their Living Architectures series, Ila Beka and Louise Lemoine explore the post-occupancy condition of iconic buildings and we show a selection of films that investigate the connection between Architecture and Politics. In the section Modernism, we look at the legacy of mid-century modernist architecture, and in our Portraits series we screen a filmic biography of Norman Foster. In addition, the festival will present the winners of the public short film competition, Short Shots Budapest, aiming to grasp the urban transformation of Budapest. The screenings will be accompanied by debates, discussions with directors and producers, urban walks and a photo exhibition.

Organizers: Levente Polyák, Daniella Huszár, Júlia Oravecz, Noémi Soltész
Design: István Csekk

Dialogue 09 – Neues Museum | Rapture | A plea for modernism | The Pruitt-Igoe Myth | The Gruen Effect | Reactions | My Playground | Desert Utopia: Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs | Living Architectures | Mission Statements | Antwerp Central | Oil Rocks – City above the sea | Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes | How much does your buiding weigh, Mr. Foster? | Kommunalka | Requiem for Detroit? | Bauhaus: Model and Myth | Eames: The Architect and the Painter | Short Shots Budapest shortfilm competition

SHOWCASE, EXHIBITION: UCL Cities Methodologies 2012, UCL London. Deadline: 1st May 2012, 5pm

UCL Cities Methodologies 2012
Inaugurated in 2009, Cities Methodologies is a pan-UCL initiative to showcase innovative methods of urban research. Through exhibits and events, it draws together undergraduate, masters, and doctoral research, alongside work produced by academics, and the wider community of urban researchers. Proposals are invited from UCL staff, students and alumni, and other researchers who are developing and using innovative methods to understand cities and urbanization.
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EVENT: Vertical Space: “Man on Wire” plus shorts and discussion, London, 22.02.12, 7.30pm

Roxy Bar and Screen, 128-132 Borough High St, London, SE1 1LB, entry £4
UCL Urban Laboratory and Passengerfilms present the third event in a season of screenings on urban architectures. Join us for an evening of film and conversation on ‘Vertical Space’, featuring ‘Man on Wire’ (2008), and shorts ‘City of Cranes’ (2007) and ‘Vertical Expectations’ (2011).
James Marsh’s ‘Man on Wire’ looks at tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s daring, but illegal, high-wire routine between the World Trade Center’s twin towers. We will also be showing Eva Weber’s “City of Cranes”, which takes the viewer high in the sky to look at the world through the eyes and words of crane drivers – a must-see for anyone who has ever wondered what it is like to work hundreds of feet above the ground. The second short will be Simona Piantieri’s ‘Vertical Expectations’, which explores the nexus between architecture, development and society through an ethnographic analysis of the construction of the Shard, the tallest building in the European Union, located just up the road from the Roxy Bar & Screen.
Simona Piantieri and Eva Weber will be in conversation after the film and will give a directors’ Q&A chaired by Andrew Harris, lecturer in Urban Studies and Geography at UCL. Andrew has recently researched elevated transport projects in Mumbai and is currently developing a website called Tall Tales that collects public stories about tall buildings. Peter Adey, Reader in Human Geography at RHUL and author of Aerial Life: Spaces, Mobilities, Affects (2010), and an upcoming Reaktion book titled Air, will also give a talk considering the cultural connotations of air, particularly the histories of levitation.

SEMINAR: Constructs of place: what makes cities tick? 20.02.12. London

Constructs of place: what makes cities tick?
What shapes a city’s identity? Who defines it? Is New York about individualism or community? Is Jerusalem about religion, conflict or cafés? This session looks at cities as diverse as these, plus Hong Kong, Berlin and Tel Aviv & at their DNA, and how it changes through migration, politics and globalisation. Rich evidence and critical thinking on city identities and urban evolution
Centred on The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age (reported in 22 January Observer piece on mega-cities), plus excellent research on Tel Aviv, its ideological foundations and layering on top of existing development.
Monday 20 February, 8.30pm, Kings Place, York Way, London N1 9AG
Book online

CONFERENCE: Second London Citizen Cyberscience Summit, 16.-18.02.12 London

On your marks!
The London Citizen Cyberscience Summit in 2010 brought together for the first time volunteers and scientists from a wide range of Web-based science projects, ranging from volunteer computing (SETI@home, ClimatePrediction.net) to volunteer thinking (GalaxyZoo, Herbaria@home) to volunteer sensing (EpiCollect, NoiseTube) and much more. Historians, journalists, teachers and businessmen all brought their angle on citizen cyberscience to the event. Above all, it was a chance for the some of the millions of volunteers who make citizen cyberscience so successful to tell their story.
Get set!
The Second London Citizen Cyberscience Summit, 16-18 February 2012, promises to be just as pioneering in its scope, and even more innovative in its format – ranging from classical academic seminar on the first day, through to full-fledged open hardware hackfest on the last. It will take place at the Royal Geographical society (on the 16th) and at UCL (17th and 18th), in London.
Go!
On Day 1, we set the scene. (Thursday 16th February 2012, Royal Geographical Society). Meet some of the leading figures in citizen science and explore the process of public engagement and participation, outreach of citizen science to the developing world, and the undertaking of “extreme” citizen science projects, in rain forests, arctic tundra, or urban jungles.
On Day 2, we look beneath the surface. (Friday 17th February 2012, UCL). Experts will discuss the hardware and software that powers citizen cyberscience. There will be a panel discussion with citizen scientists on why participation and engagement, and a showcase of new and future citizen science projects. In the evening, we’ll start planning the next day’s hands-on sessions.
On Day 3, we get down to business – together! (Saturday 18th February 2012) This will include further unconference sessions, and a hackfest for development of hardware and software prototypes, demos and mock-ups, with awards for the most innovative creations!
Propose talks and demos here http://bit.ly/loncitscisumform
Register and buy your ticket here http://lccs2.eventbrite.com/