La Biennale di Venezia has released a video interview with Professor Ricky Burdett on the Special Project ‘Report from Cities: Conflicts of an Urban Age.’ Professor Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age, curated ‘Conflicts of an Urban Age’ for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (28th May – 27th November 2016) in the context of Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development that will be held in Quito, Ecuador on 17-20 October 2016. He describes how the exhibition highlights the conflicts of “density against sprawl”, “equality against inequality” and “regulation against laissez-faire“, within a wider 25-year context characterised by “rice fields becoming megacities” and “deserts becoming urban playgrounds.” The full interview can be viewed here.
The Urban Age ‘Shaping Cities’ conference at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia will investigate how people, institutions, policymakers, investors and designers affect the physical form of cities, and how this impacts on the way we live in them. A full list of speakers, as well as an outline of each conference session, is now available online here.
A new article, “Envisioning Migration: Drawing the Infrastructure of Stapleton Road, Bristol” by Suzanne Hall, Julia King, and Robin Finlay has been published in the “New Diversities” journal. Emerging from the “Super-diverse Streets” research project, it explores the different ways drawing can be practiced to understand how migration shapes the infrastructure of the so-called ‘British’ high street. Focusing on Stapleton Road, Bristol, the article contributes to discussions on the role of drawing as a critical visual practice in social research, while elaborating on a conception of “migrant infrastructure” to bring practices of economic life into view, relating the processes of migration and marginalisation to the spaces of world, street, shop and body.
Ed Charlton, Mellon Fellow in Cities and the Humanities at LSE Cities, has today launched an exhibition showcasing photographs and literary renderings of Johannesburg. “Johannesburg: A City Between” features photographs from Jodi Bieber’s collection, Between Dogs and Wolves: Growing up with South Africa (1996). They reveal spaces and people struggling to survive amidst the city that was and the city yet to come. Pairing these images with words from some of the city’s most incisive biographers, this exhibition prompts to us think about how Johannesburg has always been in one way or another a twilight space, a city forever caught between its own irreconcilable extremes.
The exhibition, in LSE’s Atrium Gallery, is open to all, no ticket required. Visitors are welcome during weekdays (Monday – Friday) between 10am and 8pm (excluding bank holidays, when the school is closed, at Christmas and Easter, or unless otherwise stated on the web listing). It is open until Friday July 8, 2016.
Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and director of LSE Cities was recently interviewed by Aaron M Renn for Urbanophile. The Landscape of Global Urbanisation provides insight into how developing cities can cope with astonishing growth rates and how the developed world can respond to soaring house prices.
Adam Kaasa, Director of LSE Cities’ Theatrum Mundi programme, will deliver a paper entitled “Domestic Monumentality: Scale and Affect in the Modern City” at The Centre Cannot Hold, part of Calvert 22’s ‘Power and Architecture’ series. The conference is free to attend but requires a £5 deposit in case of non-attendance.