As part of Barcelona’s Open City Biennal, Ricky Burdett gave a public lecture on Shaping Cities in an Urban Age at ETSAB Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona on 18 October 2018 and joined a discussion panel with Carlo Ratti of MIT Senseable Cities.
The Urban Age family has lost one of its closest and most inspiring colleagues. French sociologist Sophie Body-Gendrot passed away in September and her funeral was held at Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris last week. Sophie was a committed urbanist, who studied violence and conflicts in cities, participating with great energy and passion to many Urban Age conferences since 2005.
A podcast for the London launch event for Shaping Cities in an Urban Age is now available. Ricky Burdett, who co-edited the third instalment of the series, launched the publication on 26 September 2018 at the London School of Economics alongside contributors Eduarda La Rocque, Saskia Sassen, and Nicholas Stern. Based on a the 15-year Urban Age research programme, the book contains 37 essays by leading policy makers, practitioners and scholars, offering new perspectives on the dynamics of urban change. La Rocque’s Rio Pact video, which she shared during her talk, is also available.
Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, will launch Shaping Cities in an Urban Age at the London School of Economics and Political Science on 26 September 2018. Ricky Burdett, who co-edited the third instalment of the series, will launch the book alongside contributors Eduarda La Rocque, Saskia Sassen, and Nicholas Stern. Based on a the 15-year Urban Age research programme, the book contains 37 essays by leading policy makers, practitioners and scholars, offering new perspectives on the dynamics of urban change. The event will also be livestreamed.
The global book launch for Shaping Cities in an Urban Age took place at the 2018 International Architecture Biennale on 15 September 2018. Ricky Burdett, who edited the third and final instalment of the series, launched the book alongside contributors José Castillo and Jean-Louis Missika. Shelley McNamara, one the curators of the Biennale, joined them on stage. Based on a the 15-year Urban Age research programme, the book contains 37 essays by leading policy makers, practitioners and scholars, offering new perspectives on the dynamics of urban change.
Alexandra Gomes, Research Officer at LSE Cities and Peter Griffiths, co-curator of Conflicts of an Urban Age currently exhibited at Arup’s phase2 gallery, will present a workshop entitled “Turning Data into Design“. As partner to the London Design Festival, Arup is holding this event in collaboration with LSE Cities around the power of turning data into design to shape better cities. Zung Nguyen Vu from Digital Services at Arup will also present strategies for human-centred urban design.
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.
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 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.