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
Citizen participation in planning
London Met's Dr Beatrice De Carli will reflect on the needs and challenges of citizen participation in the planning and development of informal settlements in a virtual debate.
Designing and learning in the context of migration
An experimental course will centre on the lived experiences of migration to understand how urban spaces can produce or challenge exclusion.
Dwelling on the Future
Hannah Parr reports on a celebration event for a new book by architect and academic Pierre D'Avoine, which explores the design of dwelling environments.
Ecological Dialogues: Sustainable Communities and the Question of Nature
New talks series from the London Met Lab explores some of the biggest environmental challenges facing the world today.
HomeGrownHouse: London Met housing project to be highlighted at COP26
A research project led by London Met’s George Fereday which offers sustainable, low-cost solutions to UK construction, will be showcased at the major climate conference COP26.
Campaign launched to encourage 'bio-blitz'
The campaign encourages citizens to find as many species of animals, plants and fungi in their outdoor space as they can in one day.
'Enough Already' - Unit 08 Masters of Architecture students exhibit research on the nature of reuse
Christopher Smith, recent MArch graduate and Unit 08 alumnus, explores the recent exhibition and the process of building it.
London Met highlighted in COP26 Universities Network
The University has been recognised for the role of its academic research and sustainability strategy in driving a zero-carbon future.
Learning from Nubia Way
A creative team from The Architecture Foundation is crowdfunding to deliver a short documentary about the Black-led self-build housing scheme.
Abundant Green Networks: Reimagining our Urban Space
London Met rewilding expert to take part in panel to help cities go greener and healthier, by going pesticide-free.
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.