Sobia Kaker presented her research on the relational politics of enclavisation in Karachi at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH) at Cambridge University. The event was part of the 2013-2014 City Seminar series which introduced a range of interdisciplinary works examining the mobilising of cities. The theme aims to open discussions into assemblages of power in cities, and also address the suffusion and diffusion of knowledge in and about cities.
On Thursday 29 May 2014 Ricky Burdett will give a lecture at LSE Cities about the London 2012 Olympics to a visiting delegation of people who are working on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
On Monday 2nd June 7.00pm, LSE Cities’ Suzanne Hall will be in conversation with Anna Minton (author of Ground Control) at Sutton House, London.
On Monday 26 May Austin Zeiderman will give a lecture to the Department of Urban and Regional Sociology and the Georg Simmel Centre for Metropolitan Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin.
On 27 May 2014 Ricky Burdett will give a lecture on ‘London and Barcelona: Two extraordinary post-Olympic legacies’, organised by the Area Metropolitana de Barcelona followed by a keynote on 28 May. For more information visit the website here.
The article ‘Want cheap energy bills? Move to a city’ published on 21 May in Guardian Cities, looks at new research which shows that the compact, taller buildings typical of inner-city areas are often the most heat-energy efficient.
On 19 May 2014 LSE Cities’ Ricky Burdett presented at ‘The Decent City’, The Social Science Research Council, Brooklyn, New York in a discussion on Rio de Janeiro. Other panel members were Teresa Caldeira, University of California, Berkeley and José Castillo, arquitectura 911 and Harvard University.
Richard Sennett opened the conference examining the conference theme ‘What is a decency city?’ with Diane Davis, Harvard University and Ira Katznelson, Columbia University and the SSRC.
This conference aimed to probe a deceptively simple question: What is a decent city? Clear that such a city is not quiet, orderly or predictable, each of which is alien to robust urban life. In inviting considerations in a zone between more utopian reflections on the one side, and highly-focused instrumental policy considerations on the other, the conference aims to deploy a spatial imagination to interrogate design, toleration, and inequality as key concepts and sites as we search for thresholds of urban decency and means to achieve them.
Adam Greenfield, Senior Urban Fellow at LSE Cities discusses the growing public scepticism around claims that intelligent operating systems and data analytics are the key to our future.
The British Sociological Association is hosting an Early Career Theory Symposium at the London School of Economics and Political Science on 6 June 2014. We have selected eleven papers for discussion within three sessions, with Professor Fran Tonkiss (London School of Economics and Political Science), Professor Claire Alexander (University of Manchester) and Professor Patrick Baert (University of Cambridge) providing comment on the papers.
We welcome up to ten additional early career scholars to join the forum for discussion. Lunch and tea are provided, and there is no entry cost.
Configuring Light/ Staging the Social, an LSE Cities’ research project has been awarded a HEIF5 grant for a collaborative project with the Social Light Movement. Configuring Light/ Staging the Social will be producing a handbook for social research in design for a one-week workshop for lighting designers and social researchers in order to create a real lighting intervention in a London community. They will also produce a documentary on this process and host an exhibition on the project at LSE in December 2014.