The Global MetroMonitor, a new joint report of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and LSE Cities, is the first analysis of international metropolitan economic performance before, during, and after the recent recession. The report describes how the shift in growth from U.S. and Europe to Asia and Latin America has accelerated post-recession. Read more.
Artist Travis Kirton has incorporated elements of the Urgan Age publication, Istanbul: City of Intersections, into a major new artwork. Text and data from the publication, which accompanied the 2009 Urban Age conference in Istanbul, are used in Kirton’s artwork exploring Istanbul and future visions of the city. Read more.
Video footage, audio recording and media coverage of the LSE Cities public lecture from Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos are now available online. The Governor discussed Lagos in light of its rapid growth and urbanisation, and outlined his strategy for a bottom-up approach to solve the environmental and social challenges of the contemporary city. Read more.
Francesco Profumo, President of Torino Polytechnic, has announced that he will run for Mayor next year. Profumo will be speaking at the Global Metro Summit, organised by LSE Cities with the Brookings Institution and Alfred Herrhausen Society, as will the current Mayor of Torino, Sergio Chiamparino. Read more on Francesco Profumo (Italian) or on the Global Metro Summit in Chicago, December 7-8.
Ricky Burdett’s inaugural lecture as newly appointed NYU Global Distinguished Professor will take place on December 1, 17:30 – 20:00, at 20 Cooper Square in New York. David Adjaye, Craig Calhoun, Saskia Sassen, and Richard Sennett will speak alongside Ricky Burdett on the role of architecture in the contemporary city. Read more.
“Detroit will become a great city once again,” said Dave Bing, Mayor of Detroit, at the city’s Teatro Vittoria on November 17. He discussed his hope “that our president at some point in time would see fit to come and visit the city of Detroit” with Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities, and outlined the challenges faced by the city. Read more.
Writing the City into Being: Essays on Johannesburg 1998-2008, a collection of essays by Urban Age Advisor Lindsay Bremner, is now available to preview and order from www.fourthwallbooks.com. The collection “is both an unflinching analysis of the characteristics of an extraordinary city and a work of imagination – a bringing of the evasive city into being through writing” (BOOK Southern Africa).
The Endless City, LSE Cities’ investigation into the world’s urban future, is now available in paperback. Taking six major world cities as its focal point, the book examines the key social, structural and economic factors that are critical to creating a thriving modern city. Order The Endless City in paperback.
Living in the Endless City, LSE Cities’ follow-up publication to The Endless City is due to be published in Spring 2011. Returning editors Ricky Burdett and Deyan Sudjic bring together the world’s leading experts on urban sociology, economics, finance, environmental sustainability, transport, design and architecture to consider urban development in a global context. Pre-order your copy of Living in the Endless City.
LSE Cities is seeking a Senior Research Fellow to lead research on the inter-relationships between cities, space and society and to expand the work carried out by the Urban Age and related research programmes. For a full job description and details on how to apply, view the Guardian job ad or the LSE website.