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The Global Lab is a podcast about cities, global connectivity and the impact of technology produced by the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (UCL-CASA). Founded by Martin Zaltz Austwick and Steven Gray with a UCL Beacon Bursary grant.

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The Global Lab is a podcast about cities, global connectivity and the impact of technology produced by the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (UCL-CASA). Founded by Martin Zaltz Austwick and Steven Gray with a UCL Beacon Bursary grant.

    Seeing Cities

    Seeing Cities

    Our theme for this episode is “Seeing Cities”. We hear about two very different ways of looking at a city, making connections across space and time, and allowing us to understand the urban environment and its history in new and unexpected ways.

    We visited Queen Mary University to talk to two art historians whose work is bound up with these issues.

    We hear from Hannah Williams, on how digital mapping has allowed her to unearth surprising patterns in the art world of eighteenth century Paris (www.artistsinparis.org), and from Emilie Oléron Evans, on the unique perspective that the art and architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner brought to the buildings of England.

    Links related to each of our guests may be found below.

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    GUESTS:

    Hannah Williams:
    twitter.com/DrHanWill (twitter)
    www.hannahwilliams.me.uk (website)
    www.artistsinparis.org (Artists in Paris)

    Emilie Oléron Evans:
    twitter.com/bringyourownsun (twitter)
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikolaus-Pevsner-arpenteur-arts-britannique/dp/2354570880/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Nikolaus+Pevsner%2C+arpenteur+des+arts&qid=1571395200&s=books&sr=1-1 (book on Pevsner)

    tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13602365.2014.930755
    (A. Hultzsch article on Pevsner, mentioned in interview)

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    GLOBAL LAB TEAM:

    Interviewer: Duncan Hay
    twitter.com/walled_city (twitter)

    Presenter: Sarah Wise
    twitter.com/ComplexityWise (twitter)

    Editing: Thomas Oléron-Evans:
    twitter.com/Mathistopheles (twitter)
    www.mathistopheles.co.uk (personal website)

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    IMAGES:

    Louvre - commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Benh - Creative Commons
    Barbican Estate - commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Colin - Creative Commons

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    The Sound of the Strikes

    The Sound of the Strikes

    In February and March, many Universities across the United Kingdom were affected by the largest wave of industrial action to hit the sector for many years. For this episode of the Global Lab, we spoke to Tony Brown and Sean Wallis from UCL's University and College Union branch about why the strikes took place.

    To give you a sense of what it felt like to be out on the streets during the dispute, we conducted interviews on the picket line and made binaural audio recordings of the two marches that took place in central London during the strikes.

    Binaural recordings are recorded using two microphones to create the illusion of a 3D soundscape. Best listened to on headphones…

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    Produced by Valerio Signorelli and Duncan Hay
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    The Global Lab - The Gernsback Continuum

    The Global Lab - The Gernsback Continuum

    As part of a new strand for the Global Lab, this month's podcast features a roundtable discussion with researchers from CASA about the relationship between Science Fiction and technology.

    The short story discussed in this episode, "The Gernsbach Continuum" by William Gibson, is available to read here:

    https://web.archive.org/web/20070217183337/http://www.americanheritage.com/articles/magazine/it/1988/1/1988_1_34.shtml

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    Produced by Bonnie Buyuklieva, Thomas Oléron Evans, Duncan Hay, and Sarah Wise.
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    • 20 min
    Global Lab - Hidden in Plain Sight

    Global Lab - Hidden in Plain Sight

    We spot some of the biggies hidden right before our eyes. Featuring Tim Causer, Max Colson, and Alex Mankoo.

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    Produced by Martin Zaltz Austwick, Hannah Sender, and Oliver Marsh.

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    Visit http://thegloballab.com or follow us on twitter @thegloballab.

    • 46 min
    Global Lab - Your Gleaming 21st Century Home Of The Future

    Global Lab - Your Gleaming 21st Century Home Of The Future

    We look at visions of future domestic bliss through the eyes of engineers, researchers, and historians. Peter Childs talks internet of fridges, Kaisa Puustinen helps us discover our emotional side, and Michael Hebbert sees the future through the eyes of the past.
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    Produced by Martin Zaltz Austwick, Hannah Sender, and Duncan Hay.

    • 49 min
    The Global Lab - Pinning It Down

    The Global Lab - Pinning It Down

    Our theme for this episode is "pinning it down", the importance of labelling, classification and definitions in the fields of cities research, mapping and technology, with a literary sidestep into the eighteenth century for good measure.

    Our guests are Giles Rhys Jones, CMO of the innovative new mapping website what3words.com, Sophie Coulombeau, a specialist in eighteenth century literature who tells us about why botanical classification was once considered dangerously sexual, and Elsa Arcaute, a physicist here at CASA, who has been working on the surprising difficult task of how you actually define a city.

    Links related to each of our guests may be found below.

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    GUESTS:

    Giles Rhys Jones:
    https://twitter.com/gilesrhysjones (twitter)
    http://what3words.com (What3Words)

    Sophie Coulombeau:
    https://twitter.com/SMCoulombeau (twitter)
    https://sophiecoulombeau.wordpress.com (blog)

    Elsa Arcaute:
    https://twitter.com/ElsaArcaute (twitter)

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    PRESENTERS:

    Mike Fell:
    https://twitter.com/mikefsway (twitter)

    Kaisa Puustinen:
    https://twitter.com/kaisaph (twitter)

    Thomas Oléron Evans:
    https://twitter.com/Mathistopheles (twitter)
    http://www.mathistopheles.co.uk/ (personal website)

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    Image: Yellow push pin - Slashme - Creative Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yellow_push_pin.jpg)

    • 38 min

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