Who Will Lead London’s Tech Future? And where do Universities Fit?

London’s Mayoral Candidates woo the Digital City

Here East, London | 9 February 2016

On a crisp winter’s afternoon, London Tech Advocates, TechUK and the Centre for London welcomed the great and the good from the city’s tech community to Here East for Debate Tech – an event launch for their collective 2016 Mayoral Tech Manifesto, “London’s Digital Future”, and a hustings for five of the leading Candidates in the upcoming Mayoral Election. Entrepreneurs, investors, industry magnates, consultants, and public officials filled a newly-opened auditorium to promote the impact of the tech sector on London’s economy and find out what the candidates’ for Boris Johnson’s current job are going to do to support them.

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University Reterritorialization in Action

Hackney Wick - Loughborough Uni
Hackney Wick Overground Station

Stratford, London | 9 February 2016

Stratford is Europe’s largest urban regeneration zone. It’s also a key strategic locale for university expansion.  While University College London moves ahead with campus development on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick is “the home of Loughborough University in London” (itself based across the canal in Here East). Meanwhile, across the rail tracks from the Park and the massive Westfield Shopping Centre is University Square. This campus is a novel collaboration between the University of East London and Birkbeck College aimed at expanding opportunities and training for local residents in an area of low participation in higher education.

University Square Stratford

– Jean-Paul Addie

New Urban University at the AAG

The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers takes place 29 March – 2 April in San Francisco.

Jean-Paul Addie will be presenting The Appliance of (Urban) Science on Friday 1 April as part of a series of sessions on New Science ‘Scapes. Focusing on the case of Applied Sciences NYC, the paper analyzes: (1) the spatial processes through which contemporary global science is territorialized in new material and institutional structures in the heart of global cities; (2) the mechanisms through which key urban actors are attempting to open access to technical and scientific innovations and capture their impacts locally; and (3) the politics of knowledge production being constructed through emergent urban-academic ideo-scapes.

Jean-Paul will also be talking #NewUrbanUniversity on the panel Town, Gown and Urban Transformation in the 21st Century City organized by Jennifer Mapes (Kent State) on Saturday 2 April.

Talking University-Led Urban Regeneration Blues

Recap: Beyond the Red Line: How are Universities Re-Imagining Cities and Urban Communities through their Spatial Development Plans?

University College London | 26 January 2016

This January, the UCL Urban Lab hosted a workshop exploring university-led community development to celebrate the hardcopy launch of a series of case studies conducted by Clare Melhuish. The event marked the culmination of a research initiative that itself was stimulated by UCL’s own forays into campus development in East London – now emerging as UCL East. Speakers, who were drawn from universities (and beyond) across the United Kingdom, provided a thought-provoking discussion across two panels on the possibilities and challenges for urban universities in the 21st century as they look to improve their campuses, student experiences, research facilities, and city habitats. Continue reading “Talking University-Led Urban Regeneration Blues”