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Programme and speaker annoucement for Addis Ababa Urban Age conference

2 November 2018

Over 60 speakers from 26 cities in Africa, Asia, Europe, South and North America will gather in Addis Ababa, using Ethiopia’s urban transformation as a platform to debate one of the most pressing problems of the 21st century: how to develop urban futures in rapidly urbanising countries that are inclusive, productive and sustainable? The conference will raise questions about the economic foundations of urban change and investigate how current models of planning and governance can achieve greater integration between productivity, accessibility and social justice.

Mayors and urban leaders of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Kampala (Uganda), Lagos (Nigeria), Medellín (Colombia), and Paris (France) will debate these questions with the key players in international and national organisations including the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Africa and Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, United Cities and Local Governments, the Cities Alliance, GIZ, the World Resources Institute, Uber, McKinsey & Company and India’s National Institute of Urban Affairs. Urban decision-makers, researchers and commentators will join leading entrepreneurs, architects, planners and designers to explore how different urban models and infrastructures are impacting on urban and rural lives.

The two-day Urban Age conference explores the interrelationships between urban form and urban society. Jointly organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, it is considered the most authoritative interdisciplinary conference on global urbanism, bringing together presidents, prime ministers, governors, mayors, designers, planners, academics and activists. This is the 17th Urban Age conferences. Held since 2005, over 6,500 speakers and participants have met to understand the dynamics of cities as diverse as London, New York City, Shanghai, Istanbul, Delhi, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg.

Jantirar Abay, Minister for Urban Development and Housing, Government of Ethiopia and Takele Uma Banti, Mayor of Addis Ababa, will provide key insights into the country’s urban transformation. Babatunde Fashola, Minister for Power, Housing and Works, Nigeria, Jean Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris, Jennifer Musisi, Executive Director, Kampala Capital City Authority, Mohammed Adjei SowahMayor, City of Accra, and Mpho Parks Tau, President, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and former Mayor of Johannesburg, alongside Ulrich Hoerning, Deputy Mayor, City of Leipzig and Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Tirana, Albania, who will broaden the discussion to other contexts of urban change.

Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Alcinda Honwana, Inter-Regional Adviser on Social Development Policy, UN DESA, Geci Karuri-Sebina, Associate, South African Cities Network, Johannesburg, Somik Lall, Lead Urban Economist, World Bank and Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University, NYC will outline the unique challenges African cities face, impacted by local needs and global demands.

Edgar Pieterse, Director, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, Fasil Giorghis, EiABC, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, and other leading academics like Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard University, Cambridge and Gautam Bham, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Delhi will ground the discussion, reflecting on the unique urban dynamics in rapidly growing cities.

The Urban Age “Developing Urban Futures” conference (November 29-30) will act as a platform for debate on the development trajectories of key sub-Saharan African cities, including Addis Ababa, Lagos, Nairobi, Kampala, Accra, Cairo, Dar es Salaam and Cape Town alongside corresponding cases from the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, South America, Europe and North Africa. It is organised around eight distinct sessions:

Core challenges for African cities: What are trends driving urban growth and core challenges confronting city leaders, investors and civic institutions in Africa?

Urban growth, productivity and innovation: How can better urban design and management help Africa’s continued urbanisation become a catalyst for productivity growth, rather than an extension of rural poverty?

Planning fundamentals: What is the relevance of Latin American social urbanism, European urban retrofitting and Southeast Asia’s development state models in shaping the new urban realities of Africa cities?

Delivering housing for all: What lessons can be drawn from national housing programmes in terms of funding, planning and participatory design for Africa cities rushing to deliver much-needed shelter?

Transport transitions and technology: How can new policy measures and investments ensure that the smart mobility transition is aligned with broader strategic goals of urban development?

Ethiopia’s urban transformation: How will the wholescale transformation of nation’s and city’s physical footprint balance the competing demands of modernisation with social inclusion and environmental responsibility?

Financing urban futures: How will governments mobilise international and domestic resources to fund expenditure, increase tax-collecting powers and boost revenues?

The inclusive city: Whose voice is being heard in the debate about the future city, how the physical fabric is being designed to promote social inclusion and environmental responsibility, and what institutions are in place to ensure that African cities are democratic, accountable, equitable and open?

One in three African nations will be represented at the conference, and Urban Age travel bursaries have been provided to participants from Khartoum (Sudan), Lusaka (Zambia), Lagos (Nigeria), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya), Kampala (Uganda), Accra (Ghana) and Arba Minch (Ethiopia) to support broader accessibility. The conference will be livestreamed and is open to visitors who have registered at: https://urbanage.lsecities.net/conferences/developing-urban-futures-addis-ababa-2018

To coincide with Developing Urban Futures conference an Urban Age newspaper will be published with new research and contributions from keynote speakers and international urban experts. The conference is organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, Ethiopia; the City Government of Addis Ababa; EiABC, University of Addis Ababa; the Forum for Social Studies, Addis Ababa; and the Ethiopian Civil Service University.

Podcast: Launch of Shaping Cities in an Urban Age in London

28 September 2018

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 to launch Shaping Cities in an Urban Age in London

26 September 2018

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.

Shaping Cities in an Urban Age book launched at Venice Biennale

18 September 2018

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, Peter Griffiths to deliver London Design Festival workshop

30 August 2018

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.

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.