LSE Cities’ Priya Shankar at Handmade Urbanism seminar in Delhi

9 July 2014

LSE Cities’ Priya Shankar is part of Handmade Urbanism: Exploring grassroots initiatives in cities, a panel discussion in Delhi on 10 July 2014. The panel discussion will be based on the book co-edited by Marcos L. Rosa and Ute E. Weiland and published by Jovis (2013) that explores the experiences of participatory urban projects in Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Mexico City and Cape Town. The discussion will examine the role that grassroots initiatives can play in cities in the developing world, especially in the context of rapid urbanization.

LSE Cities launches New Urban Governance Research project

‘New Urban Governance: Urban complexity and institutional capacities of cities’ is a new two-year LSE Cities research project co-funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to examine multiple aspects of municipal planning, management, and governance. The project’s focus will be on ‘new urban governance’, a working title that refers to currently emerging governance regimes in cities triggered by a historic conjuncture of the ongoing devolution of decision making powers to cities on the one hand and unprecedented urban challenges on the other. The overall goal of this project is to establish a solid perspective of the need, potential focus and feasibility of urban governance-related research to help elucidate and address the complex and interconnected challenges faced by cities around the world.

Ricky Burdett at Transforming Cities, Transforming Lives

1 July 2014

Ricky Burdett presented at the British Embassy in Paris in Paris on Thursday 3 July.

The event, Transforming Cities, Transforming Lives, brought together UK and French urbanists, community leaders, academics, business representatives and thought-leaders to further explore the factors that inform the creation of today’s cities. Three concurrent workshops examined the subjects of Community, Enterprise and Sustainability, discussing and comparing different approaches to these areas.

LSE Cities’ Austin Zeiderman to present at University of London and the Open University

24 June 2014

Austin Zeiderman will present his recent research conducted in the port-city of Buenaventura, Colombia, as part of the Urban Uncertainty project at LSE Cities, at two upcoming workshops.

The first workshop ‘Spaces of Ambiguity and Possibility: Democracy, Decentralisation and The State in Latin America’ will take place on 25 June 2014 at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. Click to visit the event website.

The second, ‘City Materialities, City Securities’ will take place on 27 June 2014 at the Open University, London. Click to visit the event website.

LSE Cities Executive Summer School short course: London and Global Cities

20 June 2014

LSE Cities is pleased to announce details of an Executive Summer School short course, London and Global Cities: an intensive exploration and analysis of the governance, planning and design of London. The course will be led by LSE Cities’ Directors Professor Ricky Burdett and Philipp Rode, together with Professor Tony Travers of LSE London.

Since 2009, the LSE Executive Summer School has welcomed over 1,000 fast-track and senior global executives to the heart of London. The School’s Director, Elizabeth Aitken, said; “the quality of the learning experience is crucial here at the LSE. Class sizes are kept small, and only the best of the LSE’s world-class facilities are made available to our participants. Our aim is to deliver a unique experience through the provision of courses that are designed around the LSE’s position within the social sciences as being at the leading-edge of current thinking and research. It is this that sets the London School of Economics and Political Science aside from a typical Business School”.
For full details, including fees and detailed learning outcomes, visit the LSE Executive Summer School website here.

LSE Cities’ Ricky Burdett’s keynote lecture at MAK, Vienna

11 June 2014

Ricky Burdett gave a keynote lecture at the conference and workshop ‘Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms For Expanding Megacities‘ taking place at MAK – the Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna on Saturday 14 June.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in collaboration with MAK, is looking for new architectural possibilities that address the rapid and uneven growth of six global metropolises.

For more info please visit the project website:

Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award 2014 announced for Delhi

5 June 2014

The Alfred Herrhausen Society, the international forum of Deutsche Bank has announced the seventh Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award, which this year looks to recognise exemplary projects which are improving the quality of life and urban environment in the wider Delhi area.

The $100,000 award was set-up to recognise and celebrate creative solutions to the problems and opportunities that face more than half the world’s population now living in cities. The award focuses on projects that use partnerships to benefit communities and local residents by improving their urban environments. It seeks to encourage citizens, policy-makers, private business and non-governmental organisations to take a proactive role in creating shared responsibilities for the cities of the 21st century – mankind’s first truly ‘urban’ age.

Since Mumbai, the award has travelled to Sao Paulo in 2008, Istanbul in 2009, Mexico City in 2010, Cape Town in 2012 and most recently to Rio de Janeiro in 2013. Winning projects have included, amongst others, community centres in low-income neighbourhoods in Mexico City, childcare shelters and recycling initiatives in Cape Town, and a housing improvement project in Sao Paulo.

The award is adjudicated by an independent jury following an open call for applications. The call for applications for the Delhi award opens on 29th May and closes on 15th August 2014.

For full details, see the press release or visit