Category Archives: Events

Launch of Quito Papers film and discussion series

21 November 2016

On December 7, Theatrum Mundi will launch the first of four film screenings and panel discussions on the “Quito Papers” in Paris, France. With the support of the Kaifeng Foundation and in partnership with UN Habitat, NYU and LSE Cities, “The Quito Papers: towards an open city” will subsequently feature events in London (31 January 2017), Beijing (25 February 2017), and New York (TBC, April 2017). The series will include the premiere of a film commissioned to document the ideas put forward by the Papers and be followed by panel discussions with, among others, the papers’ authors: Ricky Burdett (LSE Cities), Saskia Sassen (Columbia University), and Richard Sennett (New York University & LSE). The launch in Paris is supported by the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’homme under the Global Cities chair, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal and the City of Paris, where the papers’ authors will be joined by Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of Urban Planning, Architecture, Grand Paris projects, Economic Development and Attractiveness.

Opening of new exhibition: Johannesburg: A City Between

13 June 2016

Ed Charlton, Mellon Fellow in Cities and the Humanities at LSE Cities, has today launched an exhibition showcasing photographs and literary renderings of Johannesburg. “Johannesburg: A City Between” features photographs from Jodi Bieber’s collection, Between Dogs and Wolves: Growing up with South Africa  (1996). They reveal spaces and people struggling to survive amidst the city that was and the city yet to come. Pairing these images with words from some of the city’s most incisive biographers, this exhibition prompts to us think about how Johannesburg has always been in one way or another a twilight space, a city forever caught between its own irreconcilable extremes.

The exhibition, in LSE’s Atrium Gallery, is open to all, no ticket required. Visitors are welcome during weekdays (Monday – Friday) between 10am and 8pm (excluding bank holidays, when the school is closed, at Christmas and Easter, or unless otherwise stated on the web listing). It is open until Friday July 8, 2016.

Conflicts of an Urban Age opens at the Venice Biennale

27 May 2016

Conflicts of an Urban Age, a Special Project of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition realised by La Biennale di Venezia, opens today in Venice. Curated by LSE Cities, it is part of the Urban Age programme jointly organised by the London School of Economics and Political Science and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft. It explores patterns of urban growth between 1990 and 2015 and asks how we can apply the lessons of these twenty-five years to the future of cities. In the context of Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development that will be held in Quito, Ecuador on 17-20 October 2016, the exhibition documents the transformation of fishing villages into megacities and examines how 5 billion urban dwellers can be accommodated by 2030. It runs from May 28th – November 27th 2016.

London lectures by Ricky Burdett at Harvard GSD

20 February 2014

LSE Cities’ Ricky Burdett is giving four lectures about London at the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design on 18, 20, 25 and 27 February.

The lectures are offered through the course Cities by Design. Each semester the course focuses on a number of cities as case studies, exploring the parameters affecting the formation of contemporary urban environments. Each case is presented over a series of lectures by a distinguished scholar who has a deep familiarity with the examined city. For full details, visit the Harvard website.

Prof. Burdett’s London lectures will focus on the following topics:

February 20 – Towards Organic Urbanism: Transformation of London’s cultural, economic, and physical profile through piecemeal interventions since 2000, fostered by a pro-development planning regime and strong entrepreneurial tradition

February 25 – The 2012 Olympics: The urban design and planning parameters of the massive yet short-lived event, which sought to establish a long-term legacy that would bring homes, jobs, and opportunities to one of London’s less affluent but well-connected communities

February 27 – The Great Leap Eastwards: New development initiatives in East London, anticipated to accommodate most of London’s jobs and population growth over the next 20 years.

Cities by Design – London Lectures
Ricky Burdett, London School of Economics
18, 20, 25 and 27 February 2014, 10:00-11:30am
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall
48 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138


Annual “drop down day” brings urban studies to Walthamstow school

6 July 2012

Professor Ricky Burdett visited Kelmscott School in Walthamstow, East London as part of the school’s annual “drop down day”. This special event for pupils between 11-16 focuses on London and includes a programme of guest talks and workshops from leading artists and writers. Ricky will deliver a talk about cities to pupils.

Professor Ricky Burdett at LSE’s Summer Alumni Lecture Series

22 June 2012

LSE Cities’ Director, Professor Ricky Burdett, spoke at the Summer term instalment of the LSE’s Alumni Lecture Series. The talk, London 2012: The Regeneration Opportunity, was chaired by Kurt Barling of BBC London, and also featured contribitions from Gordon Innes, Chief Executive Officer, London & Partners and Tony Travers, Director, LSE London.

Much has been said about the unique regeneration opportunity offered by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the aim to leave a substantial legacy of lasting benefit to London and Londoners. While the Games offer a foundation for the development of areas such as the Lower Lea Valley, Stratford and East London, this panel discussion considered the regeneration impact of the Games on London as a whole, and the wider economy.