A new publication entitled Megacities: Urban Form, Governance and Sustainability is available to read online. Edited by André Sorensen and Junichiro Okata, the publication includes a chapter contributed by Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities, entitled Strategic Planning for London: Integrating City Design and Urban Transportation.
Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities, will speak at a WHO meeting on ‘Healthy Urban Planning’. The meeting aims to determine priority areas for an urban planning and health research agenda and Ricky Burdett’s presentation will focus on “Integrating health into urban planning seen from a built environment professional’s perspective and LSE Cities”.
“The green economy model would deliver higher annual growth rates within 5-10 years than a business-as-usual scenario”, reports the BBC, examining the findings of the UNEP Green Economy Report. LSE Cities coordinated two chapters of the report, focusing on Buildings and Cities. Read more.
LSE Cities is Programme Advisor at the ‘Global Green Cities of the 21st Century: Evolving Models for Sustainable Urban Design’ Symposium, which will take place on February 23-25. Focal points of the programme include urban design, the relationship between policy and citizen behavior, and the applications of technology. A webcast of the symposium will be streamed here. For more information, visit the event website or read the press release.
LSE Cities coordinated the Cities and Buildings chapters of UNEP’s Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication, which is launched in Nairobi today. The report challenges the myth of a trade-off between environmental investments and economic growth. Read more.
“Our major metros already generate more than three-quarters of our gross domestic product…the next economy will be largely metropolitan, in form and function,” said Bruce Katz, visiting professor of social policy at LSE, a vice president at the Brookings Institution and founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, at LSE Cities’ and Brooking’s Global Metro Summit in Chicago, Dec 2010. Read more.
Andrea Colantonio, research officer at LSE Cities, attended the EU Pariliament’s Urban Agenda Conference, where he advocated “clear objectives” for sustainable cities, supported by a strong policy framework and guiding principles. Read more.
Jeroen Klink, a key contributor to the Urban Age conference in São Paulo, will launch a new publication on Thursday 17 February in São Paulo. The publication is entitled ‘GOVERNANÇA DAS METRÓPOLES: Conceitos, experiências e perspectivas’ (‘Governing metropolises: Concepts, experiences and prospects’). For details of the launch and publication, click here.
A group of 25 experts on electric mobility came together at LSE on 25 January for a seminar entitled ‘Electric mobility: an opportunity for de-motorisation in cities?’ The seminar was organized by LSE Cities and Buro Happold, and featured a presentation from Professor Andreas Knie, Managing Director of the Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change, who examined the role of the electric car in a “door to door inter-modal transportation service based on a carbon free society.” Jonathan Bray, Director of the PTEG support unit, has written up some notes from the seminar. Read more.
The Architectural Review considers the case study on Barcelona at LSE Cities and Brookings’ Global Metro Summit. “The city has transformed its fortunes from isolation under Franco, endowed itself with impressive economic weapons, visionary Mayors, a powerful municipality and a collaborative ethos shared by institutions and firms.” Read more.