Monthly Archives: June 2014

LSE Cities’ Austin Zeiderman to present at University of London and the Open University

24 June 2014

Austin Zeiderman will present his recent research conducted in the port-city of Buenaventura, Colombia, as part of the Urban Uncertainty project at LSE Cities, at two upcoming workshops.

The first workshop ‘Spaces of Ambiguity and Possibility: Democracy, Decentralisation and The State in Latin America’ will take place on 25 June 2014 at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. Click to visit the event website.

The second, ‘City Materialities, City Securities’ will take place on 27 June 2014 at the Open University, London. Click to visit the event website.

LSE Cities Executive Summer School short course: London and Global Cities

20 June 2014

LSE Cities is pleased to announce details of an Executive Summer School short course, London and Global Cities: an intensive exploration and analysis of the governance, planning and design of London. The course will be led by LSE Cities’ Directors Professor Ricky Burdett and Philipp Rode, together with Professor Tony Travers of LSE London.

Since 2009, the LSE Executive Summer School has welcomed over 1,000 fast-track and senior global executives to the heart of London. The School’s Director, Elizabeth Aitken, said; “the quality of the learning experience is crucial here at the LSE. Class sizes are kept small, and only the best of the LSE’s world-class facilities are made available to our participants. Our aim is to deliver a unique experience through the provision of courses that are designed around the LSE’s position within the social sciences as being at the leading-edge of current thinking and research. It is this that sets the London School of Economics and Political Science aside from a typical Business School”.
For full details, including fees and detailed learning outcomes, visit the LSE Executive Summer School website here.

LSE Cities’ Ricky Burdett’s keynote lecture at MAK, Vienna

11 June 2014

Ricky Burdett gave a keynote lecture at the conference and workshop ‘Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms For Expanding Megacities‘ taking place at MAK – the Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna on Saturday 14 June.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in collaboration with MAK, is looking for new architectural possibilities that address the rapid and uneven growth of six global metropolises.

For more info please visit the project website:

Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award 2014 announced for Delhi

5 June 2014

The Alfred Herrhausen Society, the international forum of Deutsche Bank has announced the seventh Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award, which this year looks to recognise exemplary projects which are improving the quality of life and urban environment in the wider Delhi area.

The $100,000 award was set-up to recognise and celebrate creative solutions to the problems and opportunities that face more than half the world’s population now living in cities. The award focuses on projects that use partnerships to benefit communities and local residents by improving their urban environments. It seeks to encourage citizens, policy-makers, private business and non-governmental organisations to take a proactive role in creating shared responsibilities for the cities of the 21st century – mankind’s first truly ‘urban’ age.

Since Mumbai, the award has travelled to Sao Paulo in 2008, Istanbul in 2009, Mexico City in 2010, Cape Town in 2012 and most recently to Rio de Janeiro in 2013. Winning projects have included, amongst others, community centres in low-income neighbourhoods in Mexico City, childcare shelters and recycling initiatives in Cape Town, and a housing improvement project in Sao Paulo.

The award is adjudicated by an independent jury following an open call for applications. The call for applications for the Delhi award opens on 29th May and closes on 15th August 2014.

For full details, see the press release or visit

US Department of Housing and Urban Development announces Rebuild By Design winners

3 June 2014

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced on 2 June that six design proposals have been selected as winners of its Rebuild by Design competition, on which LSE Cities’ Director Ricky Burdett was a jury member.

HUD is allocating approximately $920 million to New York, New Jersey, and New York City to begin implementation of the winning projects that will make the region more environmentally and economically resilient. This funding was included in HUD’s most recent allocation of approximately $2.5 billion in Community Development Block Grants- Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) for the Sandy region.

“The winning proposals are truly transformative and serve as blueprints for how we can safeguard the region and make it more environmentally and economically resilient,” said Secretary Shaun Donovan.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “Countless New Yorkers found themselves without power, heat, or running water after Sandy hit. With a changing climate, we know it’s not a question of if, but when the next big storm will hit- and that’s why we have a comprehensive plan to adapt our city’s infrastructure and neighborhoods. The Rebuild by Design projects announced today are a part of that plan and will help ensure that we’re better prepared for the risks of the future.”

For full details, visit the HUD website.