Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities, will be speaking at the very first Urban Land Conference on 26 September in Ulm, Germany.
While much has been said about traditional European urban cores, the peripheral suburbs and small to medium-sized cities that are home to millions of people remain underexplored. TheTransforming Cities conference, organised by the Institute for Architecture and Urbanism at the Biberach University of Applied Sciences, will bring together policymakers, urban planners, business leaders, academics and community groups to investigate various ways to shape the future of the urban periphery’s dynamic, yet fragmented, landscape.
Rode will join Suzanne Potjer (Project Lead at Urban Futures Studio, Utrecht) for the CONNECTED + BALANCED session, focussing on systematic experimentation and drivers for real innovation. Other sessions will include discussions on new governance, sustainability, and challenging inherited conceptions of the urban.
Just ahead of the UN Climate Action
Summit, a new report titled Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity was
launched by the Coalition for Urban Transitions. This report, a
collaborative effort of more than 50 organisations that includes LSE Cities,
outlines the immense social and economic benefits of creating compact,
connected and clean cities with net-zero emissions, and presents a clear
six-part action plan for national governments around the world.
The report clearly illustrates the imperative for national governments to support the development of clean, connected, and compact cities to drive economic prosperity and address the global climate emergency. The report shows that cutting 90% of emissions in cities is possible using proven technologies and would generate returns worth almost US$24 trillion by 2050 based on direct cost savings alone. But that city governments cannot drive a zero-carbon transition without the cooperation and support of national governments. Inclusive, zero-carbon cities must therefore be at the heart of countries’ long-term economic & social development planning. The main message of the report is that thriving cities make prosperous countries, and national governments must embrace this transition or risk being left behind.
LSE Cities has been a member of the
Coalition for Urban Transitions since its inception, co-leading the workstream
on national policy frameworks together with the OECD.
Learn more about our research and the work of the Coalition in the new report.
On Monday 23 September, Philipp Rode will give a presentation on the future of sustainable urban infrastructure at Live Electric: Designing a Low Carbon Future the 2019 IIEA/ESB conference held in Dublin. The conference showcases how consumer engagement with emerging technologies will lead to a large-scale, cross-sectoral transformation.
“One of the reasons why we have an accelerated conversation around global urbanisation goes back to a rather artificial shift, which some people argue happened in 2007, others 2008, which is the famous, 50 per cent to urban. By which I mean, more than 50 per cent of the world’s population living in urban areas.” – Philipp Rode
Interviews and film are by Ian Garrick Mason from UrbanNext.