Our Cities research group strives to address critical urban challenges through a creative and collaborative approach. The group utilises a range of inventive visual and design-based methodologies at the intersection between the arts, humanities and social sciences, to tackle the most pressing social, economic and environmental issues that cities are facing today. These in turn relate to urban transformation, community cohesion, grass-roots activism and the interpretation of urbanity.
Cities actively fosters a co-productive approach to urban research, working in partnership with a diverse range of academic and non-academic, community-based and civic institutions, in London and internationally. Academic partners include Glasgow University, The Berlage (TU Delft), Université Libre de Bruxelles, The Bartlett School of Planning (UCL), Oxford Brookes University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In London and the UK, the group has collaborated with organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses, Make UK, We Made That and Architecture 00), and community groups and local authorities such as Just Space, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington and Southwark councils, Vital OKR and Southwark Planning Network. Overseas partnerships include local authorities, civil society organisations, and research centres and networks in Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria and Switzerland. Our ties with Brussels are particularly strong, comprising Departement Omgeving Vlaamse, Citydev, Bouwmeester Maitre Architecte, Architectuur Platform and Architecture Workroom Brussels.
The Cities group is actively engaged in promoting knowledge exchange within and beyond academia, and driving change through community engagement. It is closely aligned with the London Met Lab: Empowering London initiative to address key challenges facing the capital, particularly with regards to the environment, where its award-winning Rewild My Street campaign is inspiring urban residents to transform their homes, gardens and streets for wildlife. The group works across disciplines, having links with the University’s School of Social Sciences and Professions and Finding Ecologies research group.
Latest news from CUBE
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.
Learning from Athens with ARCSR
Staff and students attended the international professional development residency where they engaged with narratives of Community, Architecture, Participation and Migration (CAMP).
London Met academic chooses top books on sustainable design
Architect, academic and rewilding expert Sian Moxon is also the author of Sustainability in Interior Design, which highlights the need for designers to adapt the way they work.
London Met students design new Pavilion for the National Forest
The winning design will be built next month by students from a local construction college, and used as an exhibition space about climate change.