LSE Cities Research Fellow Suzanne Hall presented at ‘The Future of Places’, an international conference in Stockholm with the aim of contributing to a ‘New Urban Agenda’ around people and places. Suzanne spoke about how the cultural and economic vitality of street life forms a crucial component of urban public life. The conference was organised by UN Habitat, Project for Public Spaces and the Ax:Johnson Foundation. Visit the conference website here.
LSE Cities’ Director Professor Ricky Burdett will be part of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild by Design jury.
Rebuild by Design is a multi-stage regional design competition to promote resilience for the region affected by Hurricane Sandy. The goal of the competition is two-fold: to promote innovation by developing regionally-scalable but locally-contextual solutions that increase resilience in the region, and to implement selected proposals with both public and private funding dedicated to this effort.
The jury will function as an expert panel throughout the competition process, providing critical input during the analysis and design stages, co-evaluating the submissions, and judging the projects at the end of the process.
Design solutions are expected to range in scope and scale from, for example, large-scale urban and multi-functional green infrastructure to small-scale distributed flood protection measures and resilient residential structures.
Alongside Ricky Burdett, jurors include Shaun Donovan (Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Chair, Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force) and Bruce Katz (Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution).
LSE Cities Executive Director Philipp Rode attended the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn to present key results of our Going Green report.
The final report of Going Green: How cities are leading the next economy is now available to download from our website. This major global survey of city governments and in depth case studies in a selected number of innovative cities now also includes a completely new section featuring an overview of green economy policies across six sectors: land-use, transport, buildings, energy, waste, and water. To download the report, click here.
Sobia Ahmad Kaker of LSE Cities Urban Uncertainty research project, presented a paper titled ‘Performing security, embodying difference or spatialising violence? Urban enclaves as geopolitical sites’ at a panel co-organised at the British International Studies Association (BISA) conference in Birmingham (20-22 June). The panel was titled ‘Critical Engagement with Political Violence’. You can read about the conference here.
On Thursday 13 June, Sobia Ahmed Kaker of LSE Cities Urban Uncertainty research project, was invited to join a group of researchers working on a wide spectrum of issues linked to government and politics in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan to brief specific country research analysts. Sobia presented her work on conflict and governance in Karachi to Graham Williams, research analyst covering Pakistan at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Sharon Zukin of the City University of New York has reviewed Suzanne Hall’s ‘City, Street and Citizen’ in the British Journal of Sociology (volume 64, issue 1, p. 370-71). In the review, Zukin says:
“The city street is the most taken-for-granted space in the social imagination. But as both backstage and foreground, social space and built environment, it is the premiere arena of the urban public realm where citizens are formed. The street is where citizens are public, where they develop the behavioural repertoires of commonality and difference, belonging and strangeness, attachment and disgust. Though citizens are presumed to have identities that are formed in nations and communities, the street is where these identities take tangible shape, sound, sight, and smell. This process is especially marked on commercial roads outside the city centre, the local high streets where small shops and cafés create both the territory of culture and the culture of territory.
Drawing on the work of Craig Calhoun, Richard Sennett, Paul Gilroy, and Ash Amin, Suzanne Hall undertakes a minute examination of one local high street in South London, the Walworth Road, as a microcosm of urban cultural territory.
Suzanne Hall’s study encourages us to appreciate the cultural value of local shopping streets and to take action to protect their fragile social core. This book breathes new life into multicultural ideals by equating them with the ‘ordinary’ diversity of local shops.”
-Sharon Zukin, City University of New York, British Journal of Sociology, 2013
Kavita Ramakrishnan, PhD Candidate, Geography, University of Cambridge and Research Affiliate, LSE Cities, reflects on the recent ‘Fluid Uncertainty: Prospects of Urban Water’ workshop held at LSE Cities on 30 April. You can download a PDF summary here.
MSc City Design students host a public lecture, Urban Stories, Learning from Mistakes, with Alfredo Brillembourg, founding partner of Urban-Think Tank and guest professor at the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University. This event will take place on Friday 14 June 2013, 5.00-6.30pm in the Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE. Entry is free and on a first come, first served basis.
Richard Sennett talks with artists, architects and planners to find out what they think of the cities revealed in Thomas Struth’s photographs. For more information click here.
On 13 June, Karl Baker presented at the ‘Re-industrialisation and progressive urbanism’ conference at Plymouth University. The conference brought together academics, architects and urban designers interested in the positive potential of urban re-industrialisation. The full programme is available here. Karl’s paper is entitled ‘Conspicuous production: valuing the visibility of industry in urban reindustrialisation strategies’ and builds on research initiated for his Masters dissertation at LSE’s Cities Programme in 2011.