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EVENT: Annotating the City: Can we capture the reality of place for people?

Annotation can be used to keep track of your thinking as you read something. We also use annotation to tune into a text more efficiently, and as a feedback system to ‘eavesdrop’ on other peoples’ ideas. This project develops an idea of ‘spatial annotations’, asking how we can capture the reactions, moods, emotions and decisions of people experiencing the city, and why these may be worth capturing.


On the 7th May, we are bringing together industry experts and researchers to explore what it means to ‘Annotate the City’. In an interactive guided tour around Euston Station, participants will be asked to engage in a spatial annotation process using photographs and note-taking to capture reactions to the urban landscape. The tour will be followed by a panel-lead discussion to reflect on the tour; to consider how we can move towards a more holistic and inclusive policy and planning framework, develop models of community engagement and consultation, and encourage people to be alert to their position in the city.


Please book your space here. We will allocate places on a first come first serve basis, and we will confirm your place by the 1st May.


The tour will be followed by a drinks reception and discussion at The Bartlett School of Architecture, led by:

Jasmine Ceccarelli Drewry, BSc Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies Student, Bartlett School of Architecture Ellie Cosgrave, Director of Urban Innovation and Policy Laboratory and Lecturer in Urban Innovation and Policy, UCL STEaPP

Akil Skafe Smith, Co-Founder, Resolve Collective

Virginia Blackman, Director, Head of Compulsory Purchase, Avison Young

Mabel Ogundayo, Councillor in London Borough of Bexley, Associate Director at Meeting Place Communications


The tour will run from 17.30-18.15, followed by a reception and discussion from 18.30-19.30.