Category Archives: Urban Age

Conflicts of an Urban Age exhibition opens in London

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.

Dame Tessa Jowell, Professor in Practice

13 May 2018

It is with great sadness that we learnt of Tessa Jowell’s death. Tessa was Professor in Practice at LSE Cities and the Department of Government and contributed with energy and passion to our programmes. She was most recently at the School in December 2017, reflecting with master’s students on the importance of leadership. Apart from her commitment to public life, Tessa recognised how critical it is to work with young people to improve their life chances, everywhere from young women in India to school-kids in deprived areas of south London. We will miss her enthusiasm, commitment and belief in public service.

Professor Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities

The next Urban Age conference will take place in Addis Ababa

1 May 2018

The Urban Age “Developing Urban Futures” conference will take place in Addis Ababa on 29–30 November 2018. Jointly organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, the conference will focus on the development of cities in rapidly urbanising countries. By convening urban experts, policymakers and practitioners from Sub-Saharan Africa and other world cities, the conference will raise questions about the economic foundations of urban change and investigate how current models of planning and governance succeed or fail to achieve greater integration between efficiency, accessibility and social justice. This will be the seventeenth Urban Age conference organised since 2005, most recently in Delhi, the Venice Biennale, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro and London.

Video: Ricky Burdett comparing Seoul and London

28 September 2017

Professor Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities, delivered the keynote at the opening of the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Seoul on 1 September. urbanNext recorded the talk on Global Cities: London and Seoul (video).  The Seoul Biennale, which runs from 2 September to 5 November 2017 at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), is introduced by Dynamics of the Urban Age, an exhibition that highlights the spatial and social consequences of dramatic urban growth in cities across the world.

Ricky Burdett to deliver keynote to open Seoul Biennale

29 August 2017

Professor Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities, will deliver the keynote at the opening of the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Seoul on 1 September. “Conflicts of the Urban Age: Lessons from London” will draw on lessons from the Urban Age, a research programme that has investigated the future of cities for over a decade. Registration (English version) is required to attend the keynote. The Seoul Biennale, which runs from 2 September to 5 November 2017 at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), is introduced by Dynamics of the Urban Age, an exhibition that highlights the spatial and social consequences of dramatic urban growth in cities across the world.

Urban Age call for papers

21 August 2017

LSE Cities is hosting two sessions as part of the African Centre for Cities international urban conference on 1-2 February 2018 in Cape
Town, South Africa. These sessions form part of the prelude to the next Urban Age conference, which will be hosted in an African city towards the end of 2018. The subject of the LSE Cities-hosted sessions will be: digitalisation and technology, particularly with respect to models of transport; and urban informality, particularly with respect to infrastructure. Please see the call for papers for more details.

Conflicts of an Urban Age exhibition opens in Berlin

21 June 2017

Conflicts of an Urban Age opened today at BOX Freiraum in Berlin, and will run until 29 July 2017. The exhibition was first developed as a Special Project for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (2016) of La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition, jointly organised by LSE Cities and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, highlights the spatial and social consequences of dramatic urban growth in cities across the world between 1990 and 2015. It describes how seven cities – Addis Ababa, Berlin, Istanbul, London, Mexico City, Mumbai and Shanghai – have changed over this 25-year period, foregrounding individual narratives on how the physical environment has adapted to societal change and presenting data on the urban dynamics that affect people’s lives. The exhibition also presents the findings of the Urban Age research programme, exploring the way selected cities perform in global hotspots of urbanisation and revealing the complex patterns of urban growth, mobility, density, social inclusion, economic development, environmental impact and governance structures that lie behind cities as diverse as Mexico City and Tokyo, Berlin and Johannesburg, Istanbul and London.

Alongside the exhibition, Urban Talks focusing on Berlin and on participative and sustainable approaches to planning and designing cities will be held each Wednesday at 7pm. For more information and to register click here.

Conflicts of an Urban Age exhibition to be held in Berlin

6 June 2017

Conflicts of an Urban Age was first developed as a Special Project for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (2016) of La Biennale di Venezia. Now, the exhibition – jointly organised by LSE Cities and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft – will be displayed at BOX Freiraum in Berlin from 21 June to 29 July 2017. Conflicts of an Urban Age highlights the spatial and social consequences of dramatic urban growth in cities across the world between 1990 and 2015 by focusing on seven case studies: Addis Ababa, Berlin, Istanbul, London, Mexico City, Mumbai and Shanghai. It foregrounds individual narratives on how the physical environment has adapted to societal change and presents data on the urban dynamics that affect people’s lives, while featuring select examples of ‘incremental’ and ‘instant’ urbanism that are shaping the conflicts and tensions of the contemporary city.