Monthly Archives: March 2019

Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft hosts second Urban Africa roundtable event

28 March 2019

Ricky Burdett and Philipp Rode speak today at the second Urban Africa: beyond development as usual hosted by LSE Cities Urban Age partner Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft.

The event aims to unpack the urban dimension of German policies on Africa and to reflect more broadly on development practice. Based on the experiences of a first workshop in March 2018 and the Urban Age conference in Addis Ababa in November 2018, the roundtable seeks to deepen the understanding of urban dynamics in sub-Sahara Africa and to reflect on existing frameworks of engagement.

The event will bring together leading international researchers and advisors from the fields of urban and economic development, foreign policy, and development cooperation, as well as regional and urban experts from sub-Sahara Africa.

Guardian Cities Quiz uses Urban Age density diagrams

19 March 2019

Can you identify 10 world cities from their density maps alone? Test your urban knowledge with the new Guardian Cities Quiz using LSE Cities data visualisations. Developed as part of the Urban Age research programme density diagrams show the number of people living in each square kilometre of a 100km by 100km urban region.

Residential density measures how closely people live together. More compact cities have higher densities, while cities that sprawl and have wide open spaces between buildings have lower densities. The pattern of streets, squares and urban blocks – as well as how many people live in residential units – determines the density of a city alongside the height of individual buildings.

Nuno da Cruz to speak at research seminar on the quality of local democracy

8 March 2019

Nuno F. da Cruz, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at LSE Cities, will deliver a talk entitled ‘The quality of local democracy: an institutional analysis’ on 11 March 2019 at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Jointly hosted by Pompeu Fabra University and the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB) the research seminar explores the following key question: ‘The Implementation of Transparency Policy at the Local Level: A Common Model for the European Union?’. The seminar will be followed by an evening roundtable discussion.