The world’s cities are responsible for about 70% of emissions, yet only occupy 2% of the planet’s land cover. Director of UN-HABITAT, Joan Clos, speaks to the BBC about UN-HABITAT’s new report, Cities and Climate Change, before delivering a public lecture at LSE Cities to launch the report.
How are time and space mediated by a city’s ‘mobility DNA’? How do transport patterns determine access to jobs, social facilities and the public realm? Ricky Burdett and a panel of international experts will discuss these questions at a half-day workshop entitled “Designing Mobility for Democracy: the Role of Cities” on 14 April at New York University. Visit the workshop webpage, or view the workshop poster.
Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities, opened the academic year at the Politecnico di Torino with a keynote speech in Torino today, to a large audience of students, politicians and local figures. He was followed by the Mayor of Torino Sergio Chiamparino.
The Guardian reports on LSE Cities’ research publication, Munich: Staying ahead on innovation. Max Nathan, a research fellow at LSE Cities, compares Munich with California’s Bay Area, saying, “Over the past 60 years, both have shifted from mainly rural communities to hi-tech hubs. Both offer a strong economy and an excellent quality of life.” Read The Guardian’s article.
The City Reformers Group Workshop will take place 21-22 March, and is organised by LSE Cities, LSE Housing & Communities, and the ILS Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development. Sessions include “How are weak market cities responding to the economic crisis?”, chaired by Howard Davies, Director, LSE, and “How resilient are cities?”, at which Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities, will speak on “Rising to the Challenge”. Read the draft programme.
Read reflections on January’s seminar on electric mobility at LSE Cities. A group of experts discussed how the future of electric vehicles might shape and change urban transport systems in the context of an integrated, multi-modal transport network.
LSE Cities is seeking a part-time Research Assistant in urban health and well-being, to support its ‘Cities, Health and Well-Being’ project for a fixed-term period from 1 April to 30 November 2011. The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Friday 25 March 2011. Read more.
Property Magazine feature the ‘Global Green Cities Symposium’, for which LSE Cities for Programme Advisor. Central points were “the connection between a city’s policies and the activities of its residents, urban design, and the application of modern technologies on these cities, and the subject of sustainable metropolitan development and the progress of green cities around the world.” Read more.
The Mayor of Incheon participated in the ‘Symoposium of Global Green Cities of the 21st Century’, where he presented Songdo U-City and its facilities. After the presentation, he participated in a discussion on how to apply and incorporate cutting-edge technologies in urban development. LSE Cities was Programme Advisor for the Symposium. Read more.
LSE Cities Research Fellow Max Nathan has published three papers in the Spacial Economic Research Centre (SERC)’s series of discussion papers. The papers discuss: The Long Term Impacts of Migration; The Economics of Super Diversity and Does Cultural Diversity Help Innovation in Cities?