The Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies (CUBE) brings together architects, urbanists, artists and designers with collective research interests in environmental, social and cultural ecologies of cities. CUBE investigates relations between spatial contexts, social dynamics and sustainable urban environments, adopting methods of analysis that build upon the critical approaches to the history, theory and practice of architecture. These develop modes of understanding that are responsive to the complexity, slipperiness and interdisciplinary nature of urbanity today. Research draws upon a wide range of themes, topics and issues that emerge through productive exchanges between architecture and urban design, critical ecological studies in the visual arts, and architectural hermeneutics. CUBE provides a creative and intellectual platform for cultivating 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:
Cities is an established academic research area that strives to address critical urban challenges through a creative and collaborative approach.
Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources (ARCSR) is an established academic research area investigating low-income settlements in urbanised environments, from degree through to PhD.
Ecological, Architectural and Civic Humanities in Design (EACHiD) is an emergent academic research area that provides a focus for interdisciplinary research in the fields of architectural, artistic and urban design practice and the humanities.
Research Events from CUBE
Latest news from CUBE
Architecture students place second in national competition
Students Ian Bugarin and Joe Douglas worked on their artwork together during lockdown
London Met rewilding project wins MIT prize
The project provides a vision of the role London can play as a model for cities worldwide in resetting our relationship with nature.
Do temporary interventions bring permanent change?
A talk by London Met’s Sandra Denicke-Polcher questioned what permanent change in architecture looks like.
Praise for London Met Architecture books
A new edited collection and monograph from Professor Nicholas Temple have been described as 'remarkable,' and 'erudite and persuasive', respectively.
From protest to institutional change - Architecture, Race, Gender and Education
Over 200 attended an online event at which keynote speaker Lesley Lokko engaged with issues raised by MASS: Metropolitan Architecture Students Society. MASS asks, now what?
Making a greener city through the civic inclusion of migrants
London Met research, which explores the opportunities for urban agriculture on the Bagmati riverbanks in Kathmandu, was named Frontiers of Architectural Research's best paper of 2020.
The living memory of cities
Nicholas Temple discusses London Met's new collaboration with industry to offer a series of events, launched with a lecture from eminent architectural scholar, Prof David Leatherbarrow.
Between Tradition and Innovation: New Research at London Met
London Met's first University-wide research conference brought together students and staff to share and showcase their research with other curious minds within our community.
EVENT: Architecture and the Culture of Understanding
Thursday 20 February 2020 at 6.30pm
Professorial lecture by Cass Head of Architecture, Professor Christian Frost.