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Urban LAB+ Network

CUBES is the South African partner in an international network of academic centres investigating critical questions surrounding research on cities through urban laboratories.

CUBES is the South African partner in the Urban Lab+ Network of research centres, funded by Erasmus Mundus, and driven by the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin), which focuses on research and education on cities through city studios. The network involves numerous research centres on the city, including in Mumbai, Santiago de Chile and Hong Kong. The main activities of the Urban Lab+ network are to hold symposia in Europe and the Global South on the urban laboratory approach and education, encourage faculty and student international exchange and mobility, contribute theoretically informed and applicable research and publications within the built environment disciplines.

UrbanLab logoThe network offers CUBES the opportunity to strengthen relationships with partners in the Global North and Global South, and extend its understanding of complex international urban issues and strategies for education, research and participation. The network also provides the opportunity to establish international educational partnerships in the form of student exchange and joint master’s programmes. 

Within the network, CUBES is part of the cluster of research programmes that focus on examining the use of city studios to engage universities and communities in teaching, research and service, and how planners, politicians and academics narrate and theorize urban practices in relation to urban change. This cluster includes CUBES, the Urban Research and Design Laboratory at TU Berlin, University College London Urban Laboratory and The Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA) in Mumbai. 

Through Urban Lab+ CUBES researchers have attended symposia in Berlin, Germany and Cosenza, Italy and hosted a conference in Johannesburg in November 2013. See Ulab Johannesburg Cluster Meeting Report.pdf for CUBES’s report on the stimulating Johannesburg event held in November 2013.

For more information about Urban Lab+ contact the coordinators at CUBES:


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