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18:30 - 21:00 20 February 2014

Urban Lab Films: DEMOLITION - People and Politics


UCL Archaeology Lecture Theatre | UCL Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

The first event in Urban Lab Films DEMOLITION season, 'People and Politics', explores the effect of demolition on communities. Three films will be exhibited - documenting the demolition of public housing and its effect on communities in different ways.

John Smith's 'Blight' (1995-96) revolves around the building of the M11 Link Road in East London, which provoked a long and bitter campaign by local residents to protect their homes from demolition. Verity-Jane Keefe's 'Rooms With A View' (2008) examines The Lintons in Barking, an East London public housing block. Chad Friedrichs' 'The Pruitt-Igoe Myth' (2011) focuses on the iconic case of the Pruitt-Igoe project in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Jim Hubbard of the Royal Town Planning Institute will introduce the programme and film maker Verity-Jane Keefe will introduce her film.

The DEMOLITION season examines the often overlooked yet powerful place of demolition in society, both as threat and as a source of creativity and fascination.


Laura Hirst and Jordan Rowe
+44 (0)20 3108 9312 | urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk