The Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies (CUBE) is a vibrant community of researchers in architecture and urbanism who share a keen interest in the environmental, social, and cultural transformation of cities. Our research aims to uncover the intricate relationships between spatial contexts, social dynamics, and sustainable urban environments. CUBE researchers employ critical approaches to the history, theory, and practice of architecture and urbanism to develop new modes of understanding and action that are responsive to the complex and interdisciplinary nature of urbanity today.
CUBE's research themes draw upon a wide range of topics and issues that emerge through productive exchanges between architecture, urban design, critical ecological studies, and architectural hermeneutics. Ultimately, CUBE provides an innovative platform for fostering dialogues between historical, philosophical, and critical perspectives on the city.
Three research groups sit within CUBE, each focused on specific topics or areas of enquiry:
Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources (ARCSR) is a teaching and research area investigating shared city making in low-income settlements and fragile urban environments.
Cities is an academic research area that strives to address critical urban challenges through a creative and collaborative approach.
Ecological, Architectural and Civic Humanities in Design (EACHiD) is an interdisciplinary research area at the intersection of architectural, artistic and urban design practice and the humanities.
The Living Memory of Cities 2022/23 seminars
The Living Memory of Cities - Seminar series 2022-23
The Living Memory of Cities, a seminar series convened in collaboration with Eric Parry Architects and the The Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies (CUBE), London Metropolitan University.
Robert Tavernor: A particular point of view, London and the picturesque
Tuesday 17 January 2023 at 5pm
Tony Fretton: Nature begins to relate to us only when we indwell in it
Tuesday 8 November 2022 at 5pm
Latest news from CUBE
London Met sees Venice Biennale success
Two current students join the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale as Fellows at the British Pavilion 'Dancing Before the Moon', which was curated by a team including London Met alumni
London Met hosts discussion on accessibility and ethics within architecture
AAD staff, industry professionals, and visiting academics held an extensive discussion exploring ‘Architectures of Care’ and the creation of equitable and sustainable communities.
Major grant for London Met rewilding research
The research project, which seeks to increase urban biodiversity through transformative design for streets, has been granted over £58,000 by the Kusuma Trust.
London Met team hosts workshop at the acclaimed Design Museum
Thomas Aquilina and Beatrice De Carli led a workshop, ‘Silent and Speaking: A Workshop on Environmental Justice’ at the Design Museum last month.
Generosity and architecture
London Met academics Sian Moxon and Jane Clossick publish chapters in a new book exploring how generosity in architecture operates in, and questions, socioeconomic and political systems
The enigma of nature in the age of proto-globalisation
Professor Nicholas Temple will present his research at the next Art, Architecture and Design (AAD) Sessions event on 28 September.
Planted Unearthed: London Met academic to explore urban rewilding on environmental design panel
Sian Moxon will join the expert panel as part of the first contemporary design event and media platform promoting exclusively environmentally focused businesses.
“London Running Wild” sustainable design expert featured in Time Out magazine
Siân Moxon’s rewilding project receives coverage in the esteemed magazine, Time Out London.
London Met lecturer’s project featured in Designer Magazine
Siân Moxon’s Rewild My Street campaign profiled in prestigious design magazine.
Culture and Collaborations on Climate Emergency
London Met researcher, Siân Moxon is set to talk at an online climate event.
Understanding the urban commons
A two-day workshop will bring together researchers across the arts, humanities and social sciences working on urban commons.
Ecological Dialogues: Perspectives on Art, Architecture and Design
London Met’s commitment to sustainability in education was reaffirmed with the relaunch of the Art, Architecture and Design Education Declares initiative.
Common Ground for Urban Inclusion
London Met co-hosted a networking event for academics, students and practitioners with an interest in migration, inclusion, and city-making.