Ricky Burdett argues in the recent issue of the New Statesman that “Ultimately, cities can both brutalise and humanise people and the environment. Which way they go depends on governance and leadership. Rediscovering the fragile thread that links physical order to human behaviour will be the main task of a world where 75 per cent of us will be living in cities.” Read the full article.
Brazilian-based projetoBLOG interviewed Adam Kaasa on the work of the Urban Age programme and the challenges posed by the enduring economic and financial crisis in regard to a more sustainable regime of urbanisation. “The occupy movement needs to be thought through in the context of urban transformation and public space”, says Kaasa. Read the interview (ES & EN).
Ricky Burdett will speak on 6 December at the RCA Lecture Series ‘Future Frontiers: The Battleground for Ideas in the 21st Century’, which focuses on five critical themes that are currently shaping the production of architecture and urbanism. For the first lecture, Ricky Burdett and Joseph Rykwert will discuss the issue of consumption. You can claim a free place by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject to availability). Get the details.
“The study has also investigated health and social patterns in Hong Kong. It reveals that, despite its high global position, strong unequal health outcomes persist across the city-state.” Read the article.
With the 10th Urban Age conference formally drawing to a close last week, the discussions on urban health and well-being by over 200 experts, academics and practitioners hit the news. For the South China Morning Post, Paul Yip discusses the issue of isolation in highly connected Hong Kong (register free), while Christine Loh reflects on the link between income and health inequality (also in Chinese in HK Economic Times). Additionally, new infographics produced by LSE Cities were featured in the Urban Lab Global Cities blog.
Amy Thomas reviews LSE Cities’ Living in the Endless City and describes it as “An orgy of photographs, diagrams, maps, statistics and essays” that make it “an elegant and lucid investigation into the best and worst aspects of our increasingly globalised society.” Read the full book review.
Ricky Burdett argues in the Financial Times that state or municipal intervention needs to be smart as well as properly resourced to re-invent cities. ‘Turin and the broader region, Piedmont, were proactive as the downturn kicked in, allowing significant investment between universities, foundations and industry to create high-tech and innovative clusters’, says Burdett. Read the complete article (registration required).
RTHK’s Radio3 asks Tony Travers, Director of LSE London, how much it should be worth a city to fund a major event such as the Olympics. Listen to the interview (5min), which happened in relation to the Cities, Health and Well-being conference.
Urban Age speakers Jean Woo, Stephen O’Brien and Sharon Friel discuss access to healthcare and healthcare inequalities in cities around the world. Listen to RTHK Radio3’s ‘Backchat’ programme.