Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, will deliver the Charles Correa Memorial Lecture at the Designing Equitable Cities conference in Goa, India on 6 September 2018. Through the lens of the Urban Age project, a worldwide investigation into the future of cities, the illustrated lecture will bring together authoritative research and fresh insights that engage with the complex spatial and social dynamics of urbanization. By comparing patterns of growth, inequality and governance in cities like Addis Ababa, New York, Delhi and Mexico City, the research identifies how urban form shapes social equity and integration. Focusing on London’ s 2012 Olympics as an example of a planning paradigm that seeks to address the city’s long-standing inequalities, the lecture reflects on how urban leaders, planners and designers have succeeded – and failed – to deliver more equitable cities. The talk will also launch a new book. Shaping Cities in an Urban Age (published by Phaidon) engages directly with many of Charles Correa’s life-long concerns as an inspiring architect and urbanist.
LSE Cities has been awarded a Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund award from the London School of Economics to maximise the impact of its research into life in London’s new high-density housing schemes. The award will allow the Experiencing Density research project to work with residents and practitioners to co-produce recommendations for the design and management of high-density housing and the production of a high-quality report.
Six finalists have been announced for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for Emerging Architecture 2018. They include projects in Mexico, Brazil, Peru and the United States. Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and Jury Chair of the prize highlighted the importance of a deep connection between architecture, society, and the environment.
“We were not interested in one-off iconic objects. We were interested in buildings that work—for the city, for the institution, for the neighbourhood, community, and the individual occupants. Buildings that have meaning and complexity, and enrich the lives of the people who use and inhabit them. We were mindful of how buildings would adapt over time, how they would age and respond to changes in everyday practices and lifestyles. We were looking for projects that—regardless of scale or budget—might set new typologies for universities, museums, public institutions, galleries, and housing as we move forward in the twenty-first century,” said Burdett.
Julia King, a Research Fellow at LSE Cities, will speak at Learning from Small Cities: Governing Imagined Futures and the Dynamics of Change in India’s Smart Urban Age on 1 August 2018 at King’s College London. The talk is entitled “State-Led Citizen Engagement in Urban Development: The Case of India’s Smart Cities Mission”. King leads Incremental Infrastructure, a research project to identify, design, and prototype sanitation interventions in the context of marginalised and peripheral communities in Delhi, and teaches in the Cities Programme.
Leading change in your city includes the backstory of the LSE’s new Executive MSc in Cities and how new forms of research and education are central to plugging capacity needs in existing and future cities. Executive programme co-founders Philipp Rode and Savvas Verdis are interviewed by Peter Griffiths, Managing Editor at LSE Cities.
Richard Sennett, Chair of the Advisory Board, LSE Cities and Professor of Sociology at the LSE, has been made a Fellow of the British Academy for his contribution to humanities and the social sciences. The British Academy, founded in 1902, is an independent fellowship of world-leading scholars and researchers; a funding body for research, nationally and internationally; and a forum for debate and engagement.
Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, is speaking at the Moscow Urban Forum on 17 July 2018. Rode will be speaking on Public vs Personal: Chronicle of the Transportation Revolution and Master of Urban Management: Education for Urban Leaders. The transport panel will draw on LSE Cities research into design, technology and transport governance, while the urban leadership panel will expand on LSE’s Executive MSc in Cities, designed to equip city leaders to manage change in their cities. The first cohort of participants recently graduated.
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.