Cities Programme Director Suzanne Hall will chair a discussion on architecture and social cohesion at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on Tuesday. The contribution is part of the RIBA International Week taking place from 3 to 7 July 2017, with a programme of events and keynote speeches around the theme of the New Urban Agenda – the United Nation’s global strategy on goals for sustainable development and housing over the coming two decades.
Urban Age Research Assistant David Garcia has recently contributed to the publication of the working paper, Urban planning following humanitarian crises: Supporting local government to take the lead in the Philippines following super typhoon Haiyan. The paper, co-authored with Elizabeth Parker, Victoria Maynard, and Rahayu Yoseph-Paulus in a series published by the IIED human settlements research group aims to identify, document and disseminate learning from UN–Habitat’s experience providing urban planning support to three Local Government Units in Guiuan, Ormoc and Tacloban after super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
LSE Cities’ Executive Director Philipp Rode will moderate “Governing Urban Accessibility Beyond Transport” at Mobilize Santiago, the annual sustainable transport summit of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). Thursday’s plenary – “Governing Urban Accessibility Beyond Transport” – will consider access as the basis of economic development in cities. Research shows that governing urban accessibility requires moving beyond conventional urban transport considerations to a greater recognition of land use, urban design, service levels and travel speeds, while ensuring greater coordination between municipal and metropolitan agencies.
Conflicts of an Urban Age opened today at BOX Freiraum in Berlin, and will run until 29 July 2017. The exhibition was first developed as a Special Project for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (2016) of La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition, jointly organised by LSE Cities and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, highlights the spatial and social consequences of dramatic urban growth in cities across the world between 1990 and 2015. It describes how seven cities – Addis Ababa, Berlin, Istanbul, London, Mexico City, Mumbai and Shanghai – have changed over this 25-year period, foregrounding individual narratives on how the physical environment has adapted to societal change and presenting data on the urban dynamics that affect people’s lives. The exhibition also presents the findings of the Urban Age research programme, exploring the way selected cities perform in global hotspots of urbanisation and revealing the complex patterns of urban growth, mobility, density, social inclusion, economic development, environmental impact and governance structures that lie behind cities as diverse as Mexico City and Tokyo, Berlin and Johannesburg, Istanbul and London.
Alongside the exhibition, Urban Talks focusing on Berlin and on participative and sustainable approaches to planning and designing cities will be held each Wednesday at 7pm. For more information and to register click here.
LSE Cities Research Officer Alexandra Gomes today presented on her PhD research surrounding sensory urbanism at the Academy of Young Urbanism in London. The event was part of the London Festival of Architecture, and explored how designing for smell could take a coordinated approach to tackling broader urban issues.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that LSE Cities Director Ricky Burdett is one of the members of the Cultural Leadership Board being launched today. The new body includes experts from across culture and the creative industries: design, gaming, events, cultural tourism, urban development, planning, film, theatre and heritage. They will advise the Mayor on issues facing the creative industries and culture including leadership, talent development, inclusion, innovation and infrastructure.
LSE Cities Research Fellow Nuno Ferreira da Cruz yesterday discussed the future of cities on the Portuguese television program Fronteiras XXI. The purpose of the program was to debate the “big themes” that challenge Portugal and the world. Along with Augusto Mateus (ex-minister, ministry of economics), Álvaro Domingues (geographer, University of Porto), and Ana Paula Rafael (CEO of Dielmar), Nuno examined the future of cities at the global scale with a particular emphasis on the case of Portugal.
Projections of uncertain futures pervade public and political debates around the world. The Urban Uncertainty report explored this in the context of an LSE Cities research project led by Austin Zeiderman from 2012 to 2015. The research team, which included Sobia Ahmad Kaker, Jonathan Silver and Astrid Wood, incorporated anthropology, geography, politics and planning to focus on the environment, security, infrastructure and transportation in Latin America, Africa and Asia. It aimed to conceptualise uncertainty and better understand how, and with what effects, uncertainty interacts with and shapes urban life. The report launch involved a presentation of the project’s key findings by three of the lead researchers, commentary by Adriana Allen and a panel discussion chaired by Ricky Burdett.
Suzanne Hall, Director of the Cities Programme at LSE Cities, has published a new article in the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies titled “Mooring “super-diversity” to a brutal migration milieu.” The article relates processes of diversity-making to the punitive effects of the European border complex, while reflecting on the contradictory position of the migrant in the Western economic and social imagination.
Conflicts of an Urban Age was first developed as a Special Project for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (2016) of La Biennale di Venezia. Now, the exhibition – jointly organised by LSE Cities and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft – will be displayed at BOX Freiraum in Berlin from 21 June to 29 July 2017. Conflicts of an Urban Age highlights the spatial and social consequences of dramatic urban growth in cities across the world between 1990 and 2015 by focusing on seven case studies: Addis Ababa, Berlin, Istanbul, London, Mexico City, Mumbai and Shanghai. It foregrounds individual narratives on how the physical environment has adapted to societal change and presents data on the urban dynamics that affect people’s lives, while featuring select examples of ‘incremental’ and ‘instant’ urbanism that are shaping the conflicts and tensions of the contemporary city.