The Laboratory of Critical Urbanism at EHU (founded in 2007) serves as a platform for scholars and practitioners in the region working in the field of urban studies. The Laboratory conducts multidisciplinary research on urban space, organizes seminars, exhibitions and cultural projects, and is assembling a multimedia archive of urban studies-related materials.
The Laboratory works under the principal that new interdisciplinary configurations of academic thought and practical intervention are necessary to more fully understand the diversity and complexity of emergent socio-spatial forms. This is particularly so in the case of the regions, cities and rural areas of Central and Eastern Europe, where hybrid and often paradoxical spatial paradigms and social processes can be observed. In particular, the Laboratory works to explore the potential and obstacles caused by the persistence of the socialist built environment in its complex and uneven interaction with the international movement and regulation of people, ideas, goods and money characteristic of contemporary capitalism.
Thus, through developing a range of research and intervention projects the Laboratory of Critical Urbanism works in collaboration and overlap with the Critical Urban Studies track within Cultural Studies MA programme at EHU to construct a repertoire of work enabling both the better understanding of socio-spatial forms, on both local and comparative international levels, and the development of proposals for alternative models of spatial experience or organization.