Marco Di Nunzio, Urban Age Research Officer at LSE Cities, will present “Working won’t make you rich: development and refusal in an African Success Story” at Queen Mary University of London on 28 June 2018. The talk will investigate productivity and work in Addis Ababa. Di Nunzio’s Precarious Homes research project at LSE Cities examines current approaches to housing in Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Lagos.
Conflicts of an Urban Age, first developed as a Special Project for the 2016 International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, and since hosted in Berlin and at the inaugural Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, has opened at Arup’s phase2 gallery space in London. The exhibition describes how six cities – Addis Ababa, Istanbul, London, Mexico City, Mumbai and Shanghai – have changed between 1990 and 2015. The exhibition further illustrates how cities across the world are organised, planned and managed. As a new element, Arup is showcasing a diverse range of grassroots solutions from different regions of the world. The exhbition is free to the public until 19 October 2018.
Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, will chair a plenary session at the ITDP’s Mobalize Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 27 June 2018. Rode will be in conversation with Carolina Toha, Former Mayor of Santiago, Chile.
Felipe Carozzi and Sefi Roth of LSE Geography and Environment presented “Dirty Density: Air Quality and Urban Density of American Cities” at the LSE-NHH Conference on 15-16 June 2018. The presentation includes research from Urban Compactness, Ambient Air Pollution and Health, an LSE Cities’ seed funded project that aims to use statistical geography to estimate and more accurately measure the causal effect of urban compactness on local air pollution concentrations. The event was jointly organised by the London School of Economics and the Norwegian School of Economics.
Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, was interviewed by Mahaa News on building India’s newest capital city: Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh. Executive MSc in Cities participants researching challenges in finance, affordable housing and sustainable transport hosted senior officials from Amaravati to share knowledge.
Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, is delivering the keynote at reSITE 2018 in Prague’s Forum Karlin on 14 June 2018. Burdett’s lecture will explore how different types of urban systems can frustrate or provide more open and resilient frameworks to respond to known and unknown social and environmental challenges.
Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster’s property group, has launched a call for ideas to improve Grosvenor Square, which previously housed the heavily fortified US Embassy. Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, is part of a panel to assess submissions on how to repurpose the 300-year-old site as one of London’s defining public spaces. Ideas can be submitted on Corner to Corner website.
Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, was interviewed by CityLab’s Feargus O’Sullivan on the The Hidden Forces That Shape Cities. Commenting on how cities change, Burdett said: “Too many designers think about the reality of the built environment at one moment in time—that you create an instant city.” The article was published ahead of Burdett delivering the keynote address at reSITE 2018 on 14 June 2018.
Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age was interviewed by Josh Spero of the Financial times on the opportunity and risk of new technologies to public transport investment. In Smart city travel crosses the public-private divide, Rode suggests the risk is that newer technologies encourage government to step back from provisioning public transport rather than being actively involved: “It’s a massive opportunity for good urban sustainable transport, but it’s not happening by default, and that’s the danger.”
Felipe Carozzi and Sefi Roth of LSE Geography and Environment presented “Ambient Air Pollution and the Growth of Cities” at the Spatial Economics Research Centre Annual Conference 2018 on 31 May-1 June 2018. The presentation included research from Urban Compactness, Ambient Air Pollution and Health, an LSE Cities’ seed funded project that aims to use statistical geography to estimate and more accurately measure the causal effect of urban compactness on local air pollution concentrations. The event was organised by the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance.