Urban Lightscapes / Social Nightscapes film and exhibition

19 November 2014

Following the success of the recent workshop on the Whitecross Estate in Islington, Configuring Light’s Urban Lightscapes / Social Nightscapes project is to be documented in a short film and an exhibition taking place at the LSE in February 2015.

Don Slater, co-founder of the Configuring Light programme said:

“Our Urban Lightscapes workshop on the Whitecross estate in Islington was exciting, exhausting and a great success for everyone involved. It showed that design based on social research and user interaction is the way forward in public lighting design – thanks to all our 25 participants, collaborators and the Whitecross residents who got behind the project and are now excited about light. A great result!”

Workshop participant Satu Streatfield, Design Associate at Speirs and Major said:

“It was an intensive, but very enjoyable workshop. You can carry out thorough historical and physical analysis of a site’s context, but until you’ve spoken to the people that live, work, pass through, or care for a place you’ll only paint half a picture. From school children walking home with their parents, city workers spilling over from Whitecross Street market, to families of three generations living on the estate – everybody had an interesting story to tell and something to contribute to our thinking.”

Whitecross resident Marianne Connolly said:

“The whole experience was brought to us by enthusiastic, energetic people with a passion for good lighting.  They took us from the reasonable, normal, standard lighting to something altogether more beautiful.  Throwing colour into the blank canvas of buildings and painting them as warm and inviting.  It was an experience I was thrilled to be able to share with my daughter, friends and community”.

LSE Cities’ MSc City Design students publish publication

4 November 2014

Reconstructing Sarajevo: negotiating socio-political complexity is an initiative by MSc City Design students Sofia Garcia and Bronwyn Kotzen (2013-14). It aims to bring together discourse from planners, academics, architects and students to converge and work towards an understanding of the link between politics, urban planning and architecture, and society in the sustainable urban development of the post-conflict and post-socialist city of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

MSc City Design students visited Sarajevo from 18-23 May 2014 at the invitation of the Faculty of Architecture and the Centre for Refugee and IDP Studies (CESI), Institute for Social Science Research, University of Sarajevo, with Professor Fran Tonkiss and Dr David Madden.

This online publication, sponsored by the Ove Arup Foundation, contains contributions from MSc City Design students, Gruia Badescu and Bosnian architects and doctoral candidates Mejrema Zatric and Zulejha Zatric. It is edited by Sofia Garcia and Bronwyn Kotzen.

You can download the full publication here: http://www.lse.ac.uk/LSECities/citiesProgramme/pdf/Reconstructing-Sarajevo.pdf

LSE Cities’ Nuno Ferreira da Cruz to present at ‘Smart Local Governance’, Bilbao

3 November 2014

On November 6 2014 Nuno Ferreira da Cruz will present ‘Governing Urban Futures’, results of the survey by LSE Cities, UN-Habitat and the UCLG Committee on Decentralization and Local Self-Government.

‘Smart Local Governance: The challenge of good governance in local administrations’ will take place from 6-7 November 2014 in Bilbao, Spain. For more information visit the project website here.

LSE Cities’ Suzi Hall, visitorship at the University of Amsterdam, October 2014

27 October 2014

Suzi Hall has been invited by the University of Amsterdam to give a number of public and student lectures in October. She has an invited visitorship from the 25th to the 31st of October, sponsored by the Centre for Urban Studies and the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies.

For details please visit the university website:



Ramses: European Climate Adapatation Conference 2015

14 October 2014

The three major European climate adaptation research projects RAMSES, BASE and TopDad are organising the ECCA Conference 2015 on the 12 – 14 May 2015 Copenhagen, Denmark. The aim of the conference and its activities is to share new research results, novel policy developments, and practical implementation experiences regarding climate change impacts and adaptation, as well as highlighting opportunities for business innovations aimed at supporting the transition to low-carbon societies. ECCA invites you to submit proposals for Sessions or Workshops & Other activities by 15 October 2014 here.