Edge - Situated Practice in Art, Architecture and Urbanism


Organised by the UCL Urban Laboratory and Folkestone Triennial 2017, with additional support from the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

Curated by:

Lewis Biggs (Folkestone Triennial)
James O’Leary (The Bartlett, UCL)
Kieren Reed (The Slade, UCL)


Edge brings together practitioners and thinkers at three 'edge' locations connected by the High Speed 1 railway, which acts a geographical link and embodies ideas associated with community, connectivity and escapism.

Through each of these events we invite participants to respond to a series of 'edge' locations, drawing on their own individual approaches and fields of operation to investigate particular sensory, social, environmental and other conditions. Over the course of the three days we hope to generate a wider conversation exploring the creative use of interstitial spaces. 

All are welcome to participate in this interdisciplinary adventure. The audience is invited to follow from one event to the next, engaging with each place as a manifestation of a particular kind of ‘edge’:


For this first event, we consider Bloomsbury and King's Cross as 'edge' locations. The Gower Street campus of UCL was planned and built on the urban/rural edge of nineteenth-century London, a ‘learning’ gateway through which generations of students have now passed, and one which now runs up against the King’s Cross development, conceived as a mix of ‘knowledge’ and ‘transport’ gateways. View the full programme here (pdf).


For the second event, we consider the environs of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Investment for the 2012 Games brought rapid development to the previously neglected Stratford area. Here East, within the former press and broadcasting centre of the Games, is envisaged as a cluster of innovators and digital makers, whilst the Stratford Waterside development will bring new institutions including the V&A, Sadler's Wells, London College of Fashion, and UCL. View the full programme here (pdf).


For the third and final event, we consider Folkestone. At the littoral edge of southeast England, its urbanism connect equally with water and land. From 1842 to 1992 it was the main pivot for passenger transport between France and England, and with the more recent construction of HS1, Folkestone has been gifted the questionable status of dormitory suburb to the Capital. View the full programme here (pdf).

Tickets for all dates in the series can be purchased via the UCL Online Store. There are concessions available for students and local residents.

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