Dr Louis Moreno

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Visual Cultures
Department Visual Cultures
Email L.Moreno (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Louis Moreno

Louis Moreno’s research, teaching and writing explores the spatial relationships and political economic forces that shape the social and cultural forms of everyday life. Specialising in urbanism and spatial theory, Louis’s academic background spans literature and philosophy, architectural history, urban geography and political theory. 

Louis’s PhD research examined the urban incubation and architectural effects of financialised capitalism in post-industrial Britain. His current research examines the urban processes and cultural logic of financialised capitalism. Louis is a member of the research collective freethought, who co-curated the Bergen Assembly 2016 in Norway. One day Louis hopes to publish in the Journal of Memespace Cartography.

PhD Geography, University College London, 2016

MSc Architectural History, University College London, 2008

BA Literature and Philosophy, University of East Anglia, 1996



Louis is the co-programme lead for the BA Art History (with Brendan Prendeville) teaching the following courses offered at BA and MA level.

BA (3rd year) VC53102A - Animating Architecture / VC53110A - Urban Revolutions

MA Introduction to Research Architecture / VC71014B - Spatial Biopolitics


Professional Projects

Louis is a member of the curatorial collective freethought alongside Irit Rogoff, Stefano Harney, Adrian Heathfield, Mao Mallona and Nora Sternfeld. Their current research interest is focused on shifting the concept of ‘infrastructure’ out of the hands of technocracy.

Louis is the lead political economy editor for the journal CITY and is a peer-reviewer for the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR). 

Prior to becoming an academic Louis was a Research and Futures Advisers at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), and before that worked on cultural and education policy at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.   

Louis is also interested in the sonic as well as visual dimensions of culture, and runs the regular Hackney based music night ‘Stadtklang’. Established in 2013 with Andrew Harris (of UCL’s Urban Laboratory) to explore the sonic dimensions of urban experience. 


Recent Work

Articles and Reviews

Moreno, L. (2017) ‘David Harvey’, in A. Latham & R. Koch (eds.) Key Thinkers on Cities. London: Sage Publishing.

Moreno, L. (2016) ‘Primitive Accumulator’, in Hannah Sawtell (ed.) ‘#ACCUMULATOR_PLUS.’ The Happy Hypocrite. London: Bookworks.

Moreno, L., (2014) The urban process under financialised capitalism. City,18(3), pp.244-268.

Moreno, L., (2014) Mob Deep: The underground current of urban revolution. Dialogues in Human Geography, 4(2), pp.238-242.

Curatorial work/Artistic projects

freethought, ‘Infrastructure’, Bergen Assembly 2016, Bergen Norway: http://bergenassembly.no/en/freethought/ 

Louis Moreno & Paul Purgas ‘Infrastructure of feeling’, Computer, RGB Lights, CD Player. Duration : 720 hrs, Programming : Ben Tandy (exhibited at ‘Infrastructure’ @ the Bergen Assembly 2016)


‘Infrastructures of Resistance : Detroit and the underground desire for utopia’ : Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, February 2015: https://vimeo.com/124920136

‘The Spatial-Cognitive Fix : the urbanisation of homo-economicus’ : Former West, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, March 2012. http://www.formerwest.org/DocumentsConstellationsProspects/Contributions/TheSpatialCognitiveFix


Stadtklang : Sonic Utopias @ Somerset House, London, March 2016: https://www.flickr.com/photos/116563188@N08/25682269920/

Publications and research outputs

Book Section

Hameed, Ayesha; Eshun, Kodwo and Moreno, Louis. 2017. Sonic Utopias: The Last Angel of History. A Conversation between Ayesha Hameed, Kodwo Eshun and Louis Moreno. In: Henriette Gunkel; Ayesha Hameed and Simon D. O'Sullivan, eds. Futures and Fictions. London: Repeater, pp. 249-267. ISBN 9781910924631

Moreno, Louis. 2017. David Harvey. In: A Latham and R Kock, eds. Key Thinkers on Cities. Sage Publishing. ISBN 9781473907751


Brar, Dhanveer Singh; Moreno, Louis; Harney, Stefano; Moten, Fred; Okiji, Fumi; Rekret, Paul and Rose-Antoinette, Ronald. 2020. Music and Economic Planning. South Atlantic Quarterly, 119(1), pp. 133-151. ISSN 0038-2876

Moreno, Louis. 2014. Mob deep: The underground current of urban revolution. Dialogues in Human Geography, 4(2), pp. 238-242. ISSN 2043-8206

Moreno, Louis. 2014. The urban process under financialised capitalism. City, 18(3), pp. 244-268. ISSN 1360-4813

Moreno, Louis. 2012. A Review of “Henri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research and the Production of Theory”. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 102(4), pp. 885-890. ISSN 0004-5608

Conference or Workshop Item

Brar, Dhanveer Singh and Moreno, Louis. 2018. 'At a Greater Distance than Sound: Wynter’s ‘new hypothesis’ and the ‘culture of dread’'. In: Genres of the Human: On Sylvia Wynter. Kings College London, United Kingdom.

Eshun, Kodwo; Moreno, Louis and Hameed, Ayesha. 2016. 'In conversation with Louis Moreno and Ayesha Hameed'. In: Stadtklang, Sonic Utopias, Utopia Treasury. Somerset House, United Kingdom 20 March 2016.


Rogoff, Irit; Moreno, Louis; Mallona, Massomilliano; Harney, Stefano and Sternfeld, Nora. 2016. Infrastructure. In: "Infrastructure", Bergen Assembly, Norway, 1 September - 1 October 2016.