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10:00 - 18:00 25 May 2018

Unmoored Cities: Radical Urban Futures and Climate Catastrophes


Room G.12 | The Bartlett
22 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0QB | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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CJ Lim, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
Maggie Gee, Author
Rachel Armstrong, Newcastle University
Viktoria Walldin, White Arkitekter
Thandi Loewenson, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
Rob La Frenais, Curator and Writer
Sasha Engelmann, Royal Holloway, University of London
Shaun Murray, University of Greenwich
Matthew Butcher, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
Robin Wilson, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
Paul Dobraszczyk, Researcher and writer

As countless studies have demonstrated, cities are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Indeed, many of the world’s cities are at risk of becoming ‘unmoored’, whether literally sunk beneath rising sea waters or tidal rivers or forced to relocate entirely. Such possible urban futures challenge our imaginations to think through the physical, social and cultural consequences of climate change; yet, on the whole, the current literature on climate change and cities focuses on the mitigation of rather than adaption to those consequences.

This symposium will redress this by exploring imaginative modes of thinking in relation to future cities and climate change, asking how we might think through radical and utopian possibilities for unmoored cities. How will cities continue to thrive if they are submerged; will they float or even lift off into the air; and what might it mean to move a city?


Jordan Rowe
+44 (0)20 3108 9402 | urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk


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