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Book Launch: Urban Claims and the Right to the City

18th March 2020 · 6:30pm - 8:30pm

In person | Virtual event

 Book Launch: Urban Claims and the Right to the City

This book launch and exhibition highlights outputs from a research collaboration between two networks of urban activists (Just Space in London, UK, and Lugar Comum, in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil) and two universities (the Federal University of Salvador da Bahia in Brazil, and University College London).

The accompanying exhibition runs from now until 19 March. Admission is FREE. 

The aim of the research was to explore how grassroots activists and professionals understand, and experience, a number of concepts. We wanted to show how the ways the activists approach these concepts are different from, or link to ‘academic’ approaches to the same concepts. The grassroots authors whose points of view are expressed in the exhibition are from Salvador da Bahia in Brazil, and London in the U.K., which, while very different in their history, culture and economies, are nonetheless both characterized by growing levels of inequality, and processes of gentrification and displacement which create a number of common urban struggles.

Each contributor discusses three concepts, all broadly related to urban rights, citizenship and inequalities. The contributors were then asked to choose an image that they felt reflected their interpretation of each of the three concepts and this was captured by photographer Angus Stewart.

The research presented in this exhibition will be published as a book by UCL Press in March 2020. The book will be available to download for free from, where print copies can also be purchased.





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This event is in the Brockway Room on the ground floor (Accessible. Induction loop audio). For accessibility info:

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