Institute in Paris

Banister Fletcher Fellowship

As the significance of shared culture and robust exchange between the cities of London and Paris comes increasingly to the fore, the University of London is announcing the endowment of a global fellowship opportunity piloted by the University of London Institute in Paris in partnership with the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the University’s leading centres of research and learning in urban history, culture, design and theory. 

Kuala Lumpur city view, tall skyscrapers with haze. Photo by Ishan SeeFromTheSky from Unsplash

Banister Fletcher Fellowship

As the significance of shared culture and robust exchange between the cities of London and Paris comes increasingly to the fore, the University of London is announcing the endowment of a global fellowship opportunity piloted by the University of London Institute in Paris in partnership with the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the University’s leading centres of research and learning in urban history, culture, design and theory. 

Description

This Global Fellowship aims to build experientially embedded research that reflects and informs the ways Paris and London are both distinct and connected. In the current context of pandemic crisis, which is heightening still more the rising nationalism, deepening inequalities, and environmental crisis of the contemporary era, the fellowship invites interdisciplinary work to help shape new understandings of how public works, private investment, and civil-society action interact and impinge upon one another. As patterns of labour and mobility change, as the imperatives of climate action and disease control increasingly shape urban policy and infrastructure, how are cities adapting, transforming, failing, and thriving? 

The fellowship seeks in particular to foster new attention to urban dynamics of welfare and solidarity. Much scholarship focuses on macro-factors in global city analysis, stressing the intensification of global competition between urban centres. This emphasis tends to occlude significant transformation of the welfare state and related municipal and/or civil-society consultation and action. Yet community-led innovation and knowledge are increasingly shaping urban and design cultures of access to public and private spaces. They are generating new vernaculars and alternative forms of circular economies and structures of solidarity. Can these processes by mapped from what are often perceived as ‘only’ local dynamics into a transnational frame? 

The Banister Fletcher Global Fellowship intends to foster understanding of the potential of these forms of capillary action and to establish a series of published short texts which will constitute a reference in urban studies. 

Urban Life at the Extensions

The University of London Institute in Paris is thrilled to announce that Professor AbdouMaliq Simone will be taking up the third iteration of the Banister Fletcher Global Fellowship, established at the Institute in Paris in collaboration with the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and the School of History (QMUL). His programme will engage collaborative work with the Beyond Inhabitation Lab and a number of frontline associations and networks in the Paris area to build a series of seminars and collaborative investigations. Professor AbdouMaliq Simone will lead five thematic working groups organised around concepts of distributions, temporalities, urbanities, social mathematics and modalities of existence. You can check the programme by clicking on the image below. 

City view. Image by Miya Irawati

Urban Life at the Extensions

Professor AbdouMaliq Simone's programme that will engage collaborative work with the Beyond Inhabitation Lab and a number of frontline associations and networks in the Paris area to build a series of seminars and collaborative investigations.

Commons, Wilds, Infrastructures

For the second iteration of the Banister Fletcher Fellowship, the University of London Institute in Paris in partnership with the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), is delighted to welcome Dr John Bingham-Hall to lead a programme of research that will explore some of the implications of the new focus on ‘green infrastructures’ as they are playing out in the cities of Paris and London. You can check the programme by clicking on the image below.

Paris. Photo by John Bingham-Hall

Commons, Wilds and Infrastructures

Discover Dr John Bingham-Hall's programme that will explore some of the implications of the new focus on ‘green infrastructures’ as they are playing out in the cities of Paris and London.

The Quantification of Urban Space

During her Banister Fletcher Fellowship, Dr Min Kyung Lee curated a series of events that aimed to understand the social, cultural and epistemological consequences of the comprehensive quantification project on the urban forms and inhabitants of metropoles such as London, Paris and beyond. Her lectures focused on the Second Empire Paris and Interwar France, while the two panel conversations she convened brought together perspectives from around the world and a range of disciplines from law to data science to art and architectural history.  

aerial view of Paris. Photo by Dennis Kummer on Unsplash

The Quantification of Urban Space Programme

Discover Dr Min Kyung Lee’s, first Banister Fletcher fellow, programme on the Quantification of Urban Space.