182 cities in 29 countries have registered for the Bloomberg Mayors’ Challenge so far, and eligible cities are still able to register until the deadline of 31 January 2014.
For full details, see the infographic on the Bloomberg Mayors’ Challenge website, and the press release.
The Rockefeller Foundation launched the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge to enable 100 cities to better address the increasing shocks and stresses of the 21st century. LSE Cities’ Ricky Burdett joined a panel of judges to make the selection. You can see the first 33 cities here: http://100resilientcities.rockefellerfoundation.org/cities
On 20th November 2013 Austin Zeiderman presented at the American Anthropological Association’s Annual Meeting in Chicago. Austin’s talk, ‘Submergence: The Politics of Vulnerability in Colombia’s Pacific Port City’ was about displacement pressures facing the city, from climate change to armed conflict, and the efforts of urban activists and residents to resist eviction and dispossession.
Ricky Burdett was interviewed on BBC Radio 3′s Nightwaves on 27 November, on the topic of ‘Happy Cities’.
You can see further details and listen to the programme here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03j9ngr
LSE Cities’ Jonathan Silver highlights the limited, compromised and hopelessly flawed carbon financing mechanisms that is heaping pressure on an African continent at the forefront of climate change. Read the full post here.
This is a cross post with the Situated Urban Political Ecology (SUPE) platform.
You can read Theatrum Mundi’s latest blog post, ‘Rhythm-Studies’ by Laura Marcus, Professor of English Literature New College Oxford and Goldsmiths University of London here.
UN-Habitat launches new publication ‘Streets as Public Spaces and Drivers of Urban Prosperity’.
This UN-Habitat’s publication, authored by Dr. Gora Mboup, makes a first attempt to integrate streets into the five dimensions of prosperity measured by the City Prosperity Index (CPI). These five dimensions – productivity, infrastructure development, environmental sustainability, quality of life, and equity/social inclusion – are all strongly linked to the quality of the street pattern.
You can read the full report here.
On 15-16 November 2013 at ‘New Urban Formations: A Conference on Comparative Urbanization’, the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing, Austin Zeiderman gave two lectures. The conference was focused on putting Chinese urbanisation in comparative perspective and bringing insights from Latin America, Africa, South Asia, and Europe. Austin’s first talk looked at the history of Latin American urbanisation and contemporary challenges to urban governance in the region. The second was on land, dispossession, and urbanisation in Colombia.
Joining the experimental university ‘Learning From Kilburn’ initiated by Tom Keeley from Space Makers, Suzanne Hall is running a two part exercise with local interest groups and individuals on understanding Kilburn’s street economy. The first week involved a lecture and discussion, and this week participants have a chance to report back on their own research findings.
For more information follow the link: http://learningfromkilburn.com/tagged/Classes
You can read a review of our recent Urban Age conference in Rio da Janeiro: City Transformations, by Julia Michaels here: