Nightclubs, architecture and urbanism


Further reading and media from NIGHT CLUBBING, our panel for The Bartlett School of Architecture’s International Lecture Series

NIGHT CLUBBING collaborative playlist

From disco to dancehall, camp classics to K-Pop, Bollywood to Britney, the NIGHT CLUBBING COLLABORATIVE PLAYLIST brings together an eclectic mix of floor fillers, compiled by suggestions from around the world, gathered at our recent panel, NIGHT CLUBBING, for The Bartlett School of Architecture’s International Lecture Series. Although this took place at a time when most night-time venues are under lockdown because of the Coronavirus pandemic, we asked the audience: ‘If you could go dancing tonight, which track would get you up on the dancefloor?’ Contributions include tracks from India, Russia, Jamaica, Turkey, Greece, Pakistan, Spain, Columbia, Jamaica, Portugal, Germany and Britain. Migrating across genres, generations and geographies, this playlist includes pop and indie – from Korea, Turkey, the US, and Sweden – classic and modern soul – from the US and UK – European dance and techno, Jamaican dancehall, Indian Bollywood and Latin hip hop. Enjoy!

Queer Night Clubbing Archives – NYC//LDN

A selection of music, videos, film and documentary material which NIGHT CLUBBING co-hosts Ben Campkin and Lo Marshall engaged with in their contribution to The Bartlett School of Architecture International Lecture Series panel.

Further reading

Campkin, Ben, and Lo Marshall. ‘London’s Nocturnal Queer Geographies’. Text. Lawrence and Wishart, 1 November 2018.

Campkin, Ben, Remaking London: Decline and Regeneration in Urban Culture London: I B Tauris, 2013. 

‘Gallery: London’s LGBTQ+ Nightlife | Bishopsgate Institute’. Accessed 23 October 2020.

‘How Nightclub Design Evolved – BBC Culture’. Accessed 23 October 2020.

Esteve, Pol, Lighting Technologies in Dance Culture: A Challenge to the Modern Conception of Space in PhD Research Projects 2016, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, 2016

Esteve, Pol, ‘Against an Architecture of Enjoyment. Paprika!’ Accessed 26 October 2020.

Jarman, Derek. Dancing Ledge. Illustrated Edition. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

hooks, bell, ‘Seductive sexualities: representing blackness in poetry and on screen’, Yearning (Boston, MA: Southend, 1990), pp. 190-201.

Kolioulis, Alessio. ‘More Day in the Night? The Gentrification of London’s Night-Time through Clubbing’. Bollettino Della Società Geografica Italiana, 2018, 207–18.

Kolioulis, Alessio. ‘Borderlands: Dub Techno’s Hauntological Politics of Acoustic Ecology’. Dancecult 7, no. 2 (2015): 64–85.

Kries, Mateo, Jochen Eisenbrand, Catharine Rossi, and Nina Serulus. Night Fever: Designing Club Culture: 1960-Today. 01 Edition. Weil am Rhein: Vitra Design Museum, 2018.

Lawrence, Tim. Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016.

‘Meet Me Under the Disco Ball: A History of Nightlife’s Most Enduring Symbol’. Accessed 23 October 2020.

‘Nightclubbing: Gay Clubbing in ’70s London’. Accessed 23 October 2020.

Riley, Mykaell, Bass Culture Research. ‘Http://Basscultureduk.Com/Latest-News/’. Accessed 23 October 2020.

‘Sylvester, “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” / Amy Herzog – ASAP/J’. Accessed 23 October 2020.

Wilkinson, Tom, ‘Typology: Nightclub – Architectural Review’. Accessed 23 October 2020.


Embassy Dancing Club London 1979. Accessed 23 October 2020.

Looking for Langston. Directed by Isaac Julien. London: British Film Institute, 2005.

‘Looking for Langston: Isaac Julien in Conversation with Hilton Als | Video’. Victoria Miro. Accessed 26 October 2020

Pet Shop Boys/Heart (Projections Video Remastered). Directed by Derek Jarman. Accessed 23 October 2020.

Studio 54 the History.Accessed 23 October 2020.

Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (1978) HD. Accessed 23 October 2020.