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Governance and design for diverse cities at night

23 April 18:30 - 20:30
Organized by: UCL Urban Laboratory
Venue: , UCL
Christopher Ingold Lecture Theatre
20 Gordon Street

Authorities have historically wrestled with the issue of night-time control, and the hours after dark are often still perceived as harboring threats to public order and potential criminality. Current policy attention to night-time urban economies, exemplified by the creation of night offices, indicates an increasing and more positive interest in the potentials of cities and culture at night.


This panel will be invited to share their understanding of how design and governance are shaping diversity in 24-hour cities. If inequalities are magnified at night, and issues of safety are paramount, how can these be addressed through policy and practice interventions? How do questions of culture, migration and integration manifest in the work of those managing cities after dark? What research and interventions will enhance the equitability of cities at night in the future?



Mirik Milan, Co-founder, Vibe Lab and former Night Mayor of Amsterdam

Bryony Beynon, Managing Director, Good Night Out Campaign

Jo Cox-Brown, Founder, Night Time Economy

Florence Lam, Fellow, Director, Global Lighting Design Leader, Arup

Philip Kolvin QC, Cornerstone Barristers


Co-chaired by Professor Ben Campkin (UCL) and Professor Michele Acuto (Melbourne School of Design).


Part of the Night Scenes conference at UCL Urban Laboratory, funded by Humanities in the European Research Area.


Accessibility information:

The Christopher Ingold Lecture Theatre is wheelchair accessible, has step-free access and a hearing assistance system. For more details consult the lecture theatre page and/or the page for the Christopher Ingold Building on AccessAble. Accessible toilets are also available, including for the use of people who require gender-neutral facilities. For specific accessibility questions and requests, please email Lo Marshall, lo.marshall.13@ucl.ac.uk