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Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR)

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Centre for Urban and Community Research


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Most of the world's population now lives in cities. Cities are increasingly key elements within global economic and cultural relations as they seek to establish corporate identities, compete for tourist trade and for the location of multinational headquarters and prestigious sporting events. The question of how to understand urban political and economic landscapes and the emerging forms of urban culture is perhaps the most pressing issue for the new Millennium. 

The Centre for Urban and Community Research was established in 1994 as an interdisciplinary research centre within the Sociology Department of Goldsmiths, University of London. Today our research stretches from New Cross to New York, Hong Kong, Mexico City and Ljubljana. With core expertise ranging from visual sociology to digital geo-demography, the CUCR remains central to debates about community, ecology, governance, multiculture, citizenship, arts and media in contemporary cities.


Guest Lecture

Juhani Pallasmaa, Architect and Professor Emeritus


Goldsmiths, University of London, New Academic Building, LG01

Wednesday 15 October 2014, 5:30-7:00pm
To be followed by a drinks reception

Free event, all are welcome

Preregistration through Eventbrite: http://pallasmaa.eventbrite.co.uk

© Knut Thyberg

This public lecture by Juhani Pallasmaa will explore the relationship between neuroscience and architecture. Apart from his built work, which includes the Kamppi centre in Helsinki and the SIIDA Museum in Inari, Pallasmaa is widely known for his writings on architectural theory, such as The Eyes of the Skin (Wiley, 2005), The Thinking Hand (Wiley, 2009) and The Embodied Image (Wiley, 2011). Developing insights from phenomenology and, more recently, neuroscience, Pallasmaa seeks to “re-sensualise” (2005, 37) architectural experience and practice through an exploration of the affective and multisensory qualities of the built environment. For Pallasmaa, architecture is primarily a means whereby humanity negotiates its relationality with the world by creating a shared arena for experiencing, imagining and remembering: “Architecture is the art of reconciliation between ourselves and the world” (2005, 72).

This event is sponsored by the European Research Council funded project, Universalism, Universal Design and Equitable Access to the Designed Environment. The project is based in the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) at Goldsmiths, and is led by Professor Rob Imrie.

New Issue of Street Signs is Out!

We are happy to let you know that the latest issue of Street Signs is now available ! To explore past issues of Street Signs click here.


We are happy to inform you that CUCR has launched a BLOG!! To visit the blog click here!

CUCR 20th Anniversary (1994-2014)

2014 marks CUCR’s 20th anniversary and we are organising a whole series of spring events to celebrate it! Click on the logo to find out more!

The Future of the Art is Urban - Artistic Research Practices and Methods in Social Sciences

This event blends the borders between art and social science. It presents a wide range of different social research practices in which knowledge is produced through artistic approaches. Participants use the city as a site for artistic research and experimentation; of confrontation and interaction.The exhibition discovers how visual researchers unfold and reveal the implicit aspects of the social in the urban space. Practices and processes of artful social research become alternative models of thinking and knowing.

For more information click here.


Arts and Mental Health

Alison Rooke was successful in being awarded AHRC funding for two expert workshops funded under the Arts and Humanities Research Council's (AHRC) Cultural Value funding strand.

This funding strand seeks to establish a framework that will advance the way in which we talk about the value of cultural engagement and the methods by which we evaluate that value. These awards build on the body of evaluative research regarding participatory processes, socially engaged art practice, citizenship and urban change that Alison has been carrying out along with the research team at CUCR.



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