Megan Groth, Urban Age Book Coordinator, LSE Cities, spoke at the Sheffield School of Architecture Theory Forum 2017 on 22 November 2017. Groth’s talk focused on values in education and practice. In addition to working at LSE Cities, she is an associate lecturer in architecture at Oxford Brookes University. Her research interests include the relationship between architecture practice, context and theory; the development and design of public spaces; and issues of social inequality in the built environment.
Nuno da Cruz, Research Fellow at LSE Cities and contributing to the Centre’s New Urban Governance research, will give a lecture entitled “From Local Government to Local Governance: the implications for transparency and beyond” at Transparency International Ukraine. The discussion will be chaired by Kateryna Tsybenko, project manager of Building Transparency in Ukrainian Cities. The event will take place with the support of UNDP.
Marco Di Nunzio, Urban Age Research Officer at LSE Cities, will chair the first in a series of research seminar series hosted by LSE Cities. The Urban Africa Seminar will take place at 4pm on 23 November 2017 at the London School of Economics. Wendy Willems, Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Communications, LSE will speak on “‘The politics of things’: digital media, urban space and the materiality of civic engagement”. Drawing on research carried out in Lusaka during the 2011 and 2016 Zambian elections, this paper proposes a material, mobile and spatial approach to political communication. For more information please contact email@example.com.
Nuno da Cruz, Research Fellow at LSE Cities and contributing to the Centre’s New Urban Governance research, will give a lecture entitled “From Local Government to Local Governance: what are the implications for transparency?” at the Faculty of Economics of University of Coimbra on 17 November. The talk is part of a seminar series on accountability, transparency and participation in the public sector organised by the Centre for Research in Political Science (CICP), University of Minho.
Philipp Rode, Executive Director at LSE Cities will speak on the “Decarbonising the Transport Sector” panel at the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2017 in Bonn on 13 November 2017. The COP23 panel will discuss new approaches for clean and efficient transport solutions. Rode will draw on a range of LSE Cities research, including publications for The Global Commission for the Economy and Climate and Towards New Urban Mobility.
Marco Di Nunzio, Urban Age Research Officer at LSE Cities will be convening the workshop “Inside a Construction Boom: Politics, Responsibility and the Temporalities of Urban Development” at the Université libre de Bruxelles on 14 November 2017. Di Nunzio will also be talking about his work on architecture, responsibility and inequality in Addis Ababa. The workshop is funded by the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique – FNRS (Belgium).
Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities, will speak on Frontiers of City Governance on 7 December 2017 at the Oskar von Miller Forum in Munich. Rode will draw insights from the Centre’s ongoing research into New Urban Governance. The forum is an educational initiative of the Bavarian construction industry for engineers in the building sector.
Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities, launched Resource Urbanisms: Asia’s divergent city models of Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Hong Kong in Kuwait on 7 November 2017. The report consolidates key findings of the Resource Urbanisms project that LSE Cities led between 2015 and 2017. This research, supported by the Kuwait Programme at the LSE Middle East Centre investigates questions of urban form, geography and sustainability in Kuwait and the Gulf States as part of a broader comparative analysis of divergent forms of urban growth in Asia. Rode was joined by Research and Project Coordinator, Alexandra Gomes.
The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City, edited by Suzanne Hall and Ricky Burdett of LSE Cities is a provocative, interdisciplinary handbook for academics and researchers interested in contemporary urban studies. The collection focuses on the dynamics and disruptions of the contemporary city in relation to capricious processes of global urbanisation, mutation and resistance. Scholars, including Ananya Roy, Neil Brenner, AbdouMaliq Simone, Edgar Pieterse, Eyal Weizman, Keller Easterling, Saskia Sassen and Richard Sennett, engage with emerging urban conditions and inequalities in experimental ways, speaking to new ideas of what constitutes the urban and expanding on contributions to policy and design. The handbook is organised around nine key themes, through which familiar analytic categories of race, gender and class, as well as binaries such as the urban/rural, are readdressed. These thematic sections together capture the volatile processes and intricacies of urbanisation, revealing the turbulent nature of our early twenty-first century. Diane E. Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, Harvard Graduate School of Design, endorsed the book as “a superb collection that contains a remarkable set of essays from the world’s leading urbanists whose combined wisdom is essential to anyone seeking to understand the 21st century city.”
Muhammad Adeel, Research Officer at LSE Cities won the CODATU Prize for the best PhD Thesis on urban mobility in cities of developing countries. His thesis deals with crucial issues of transportation disadvantage and social exclusion. While his research focused on Pakistan, the judges felt his work could be useful to cities in other developing countries too. The prize recognises excellent research to increase exposure to professionals and policy makers in the urban transport sector.