The Laboratory of Critical Urbanism at European Humanities University (founded in 2007) serves as a platform for scholars and practitioners working in the field of urban studies. The Laboratory conducts multidisciplinary cross-sectoral research on cities, organises conferences and public events, provides expertise for projects of urban development and planning, as well as runs educational programs in integrative urbanism.
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. 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 rise of digitalisation, as well as the international movement and regulation of people, ideas, goods and money characteristic of contemporary capitalism.
Through developing a range of research and intervention projects the Laboratory of Critical Urbanism works in collaboration and overlap with educational programmes at EHU and beyond to construct a repertoire of work enabling both the better understanding of socio-spatial forms on local and comparative international levels, and the development of proposals for alternative models of spatial experience or organisation.