Migrant streets: exploring radical visualisation

This symposium is part of the 'Super-diverse Streets’ project funded by the ESRC, (ref: ES/L009560/1)

Symposium hosted by LSE Cities

International migration continues to be a key aspect of the city, both shaping and being shaped by urbanisation. To explore the intersections between migration and urbanisation, the city street provides a valuable empirical point of reference, where migrant urbanisms are articulated, negotiated and contested. For researchers of the City Street and migrant urbanisms, data visualisations can be an effective and radical way to disseminate knowledge. Visualisations can effectively highlight the skilled participation of migrants in city-making and civic life, which can potentially contribute, refute and challenge mainstream urban narratives.

This symposium, ‘Migrant streets: exploring radical visualisations’ on September 21st at LSE Cities, London, sought to explore the radical potential of data visualisations, asking how the visualisation can go beyond mere representation and become an exploratory tool for insights with an emphasis on social and political issues related to inequality and diversity in the urban context.

The symposium is part of the ‘Super-diverse Streets’ project funded by the ESRC, (ref: ES/L009560/1).



    Thomas Aquilina

    Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge

    Oliver O'Brien

    Oliver is a researcher and software developer at the UCL Department of Geography.

    Sadaf Sultan Khan

    Architect and PhD Researcher at the Bartlett School of Architecture.

    Huda Tayob

    PhD Candidate at UCL

    Pawda Tjoa

    Architect and PhD candidate in Architecture, Cambridge University

    Robin Finlay

    Researcher, Super-diverse streets project, LSE Cities and PhD candidate in human geography at Newcastle University.

    Suzanne Hall

    Suzanne Hall is an urban ethnographer and has practised as an architect in South Africa. Her research and teaching interests focus on everyday formations of global migration in the context of inequality, discrimination and resistance, particularly migrant economies and urban multi-culture. From 1997 to 2003 her practice engaged with the role of design in marginalised and racially segregated areas in Cape Town. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including the 2006 Venice Architectural Biennale, and the 2005 Sao Paulo Biennale of Architecture and Design. She was awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant (2015–2017) for a comparative project on ‘Super-diverse Streets: Economies and spaces of urban migration in UK Cities’, which emerges out of her LSE Cities research project on ‘Ordinary Streets’. She is a recipient of an LSE Teaching Award (2017), the Phillip Leverhulme Prize (2017), the LSE’s Robert McKenzie PhD Prize (2010), and the Rome Scholarship in Architecture (1998–1999). Suzi is author of City, Street and Citizen (2012), and The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City, co-edited with Ricky Burdett (2017).

    Julia King

    Julia King is a Research Fellow at LSE Cities and the coordinator for numerous research strands including 'Streets for All' a research project commissioned by the Greater London Authority and on-going work on urban governance in India. Trained as an architect her research, design practice and teaching focus on sanitation and housing in the context of rapid urbanisation, inequitable infrastructure developments and urban micro-culture in the UK and India. Her work has been exhibited internationally including the 2016 Venice Architectural Biennial. She has authored chapters in Home Economics (2016) and Infrastructure Space (2017) and co-authored a chapter in The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City (2017).

    Francis Moss

    Information Designer at LSE Cities