LSE Cities’ Director Ricky Burdett joins former presidents Bill Clinton and Olusegun Obsanjo and Deutsche Bank co-CEO Anshu Jain on the Rockefeller Foundation’s Resilient Cities judging panel.
The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the names of seven distinguished judges from around the world who will select the first round of cities to join the 100 Resilient Cities network. Nearly 400 cities across six continents applied to the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, which was announced on The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100th anniversary in May 2013.
The judges are:
President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
President Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria
Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities, London School of Economics, UK
Dr. Peter Head, Chair, Ecological Sequestration Trust
Dr. Helene Gayle, President, CARE USA
Anshu Jain, Co-CEO, Deutsche Bank
Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation
“We are honoured to have such an esteemed group of leaders, who share our belief that building urban resilience is a 21st century imperative, to select the first cities to benefit from the 100 Resilient Cities network,” said Dr. Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation.
LSE Cities’ Ricky Burdett spoke at The Economist’s ‘The Infrastructure Summit – Future Cities’, on Tuesday 29 October. The discussion ‘Comparing Strategic Plans: what should our cities be like?’ looked at visions for urban futures – balancing social, economic and environmental considerations in modern urban environments. Richard Sennett also contributed to the event panel ‘Achieving Urban Goals in Times of Austerity: Smart Cities’.
LSE Cities’ Research Fellow Austin Zeiderman will present a paper at Royal Holloway, University of London On Tuesday 22 October. The paper, ‘Submergence: Fluid Futures in Colombia’s Presumptive Port City’, will focus on struggles over land and housing in the seaside settlements of the rapidly growing port of Buenaventura on Colombia’s Pacific Coast. This talk will reveal how economic, ecological, and political futures—often highly uncertain ones—come to shape the city and the lives of its inhabitants. The talk is part of the Department of Geography’s Politics, Development & Sustainability Seminar.
LSE Cities’ Philipp Rode presented at EcoSummit London on Tuesday 15 October 2013. The conference brought together Europe’s leading clean-tech startups, investors and corporates to discuss themes surrounding the Smart Green City. For more information visit the website.
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