In this month’s edition of Street Signs podcast Les Back meets Sophie Watson at the launch of her new book City Water Matters: Cultures, Practices and Entanglements of Urban Water and explores the relationship between water and cities. The launch took place at Parliament Hill Lido in north London with many staff and students attending … More Water and Cities by Les Back
Since childhood I have been a devoted music listener. Like many people music is my daily escape from reality. First, I carried around a tape player, tapes and headphones that hurt my ears. Now my noise cancelling headphones, plugged into an iPhone and an everlasting Spotify music library keep me company and feed my love … More Infinite content and interrupted listening: The impact of smartphones, streaming and music ‘superabundance’ on everyday personal music listening behaviour by Ellen Moore
South London is losing its pubs. It is losing them to fire, property speculation and re-development. Some say these institutions of Old London are being run down on purpose because there are more profitable ways to use the land. With every closure a part of the urban social ecology of the urban environment changes. This … More CUCR launches its Evaluation of the Fellowship Inn Project for Phoenix Community Housing by Les Back and Paul Stoneman
In this podcast Les Back describes how a derelict pub in south east London has been transformed into a new multi-purpose community venue through £4.5 million funding from the Heritage Lottery Foundation (link below). The Fellowship Inn pub was built in 1924 on the Bellingham Estate in Lewisham. It was the first pub to be … More The Fellowship Inn – Rebuilding a New House for the Public by Les Back
This is another postcard from the research edge: part of Anita’s PhD which researches how local residents experience life and regeneration in Deptford/New Cross. This is about Bernard, a pensioner living in Austin House on Achilles Street who grew up in New Cross in the 70’s and 80’s and moved back in 2005. His story … More “Music was the love of my life” by Anita Strasser
Within urban sociology, one of the main interests amongst academics centres on the implications of gentrification on ‘working-class’ communities. Other theories offer deeper theoretical perspectives, aiming to understand the political underpinnings of these urban processes. Academics however are beginning to explore new lines of interest, including the conscious installation of public art into urban areas … More Art as Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution? A Retrospective Piece on the Role of Art within Gentrified Brixton by Crystal Nicholson.
CUCR’s Peter Coles is leading another urban walk this week using London’s old mulberry trees as portals into the city’s buried past. Tracing 450 years of Chelsea history, from monasteries and Tudor mansions to silk and sewers through its hidden old mulberry trees. About this Event: Day : Wednesday 3rd July Location : Meet at South … More Midweek Mulberries: In search of Chelsea’s past by Peter Coles