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Feral Cities and the Scientific Way of Warfare

"Feral Cities and the Scientific Way of Warfare", The Complex Terrain Laboratory's inaugural public event, is a public lecture and open discussion with Geoff Manaugh and Antoine Bousquet, scheduled to take place 26 November 2008 from 19:00 to 21:00 at University College London's J.Z. Young Lecture Theatre. The talk is also the first in CTlab's planned Battlespace/s public lecture series, and the excellent poster art for the event, prominently displayed on this website, is courtesy of CTlab Creative Director Colin Murphy, principal at Symbio Design.

The event brings together spatial thinkers from two very different disciplines, architecture and international relations, in a creative exercise in eclecticism and multidisciplinarity. Manaugh is senior editor of Dwell magazine and the author of BLDGBLOG, where he writes "architectural conjecture, urban speculation, and landscape futures." Bousquet is Lecturer in International Relations at Birkbeck College in London, and author of The Scientific Way of Warfare: Order and Chaos on the Battlefields of Modernity (Hurst, 2009).

People from UCL's audio-visual dept will be on hand to record the talk and digitally edit it to streaming video format for later viewing on the CTlab site. CTlab will follow up the public lecture with an online symposium on Bousquet's new book, due to be published in January 2009, featuring a panel of scholars and thinkers who have been provided advance copies of the manuscript.

For full details see the events listing page on the University College London website, or the CTlab Battlespaces page. Geoff Manaugh has also written some first thoughts at BLDGBLOG, in anticipation of the talk, which can be read here.

 Media or other inquiries should be directed to either Michael A. Innes or Tim Stevens .

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