LSE Cities and the London Festival of Architecture hosted a lecture by Suzanne Hall on ‘Multilingual Streets: London’s litmus strips of change’, followed by discussion and drinks. Suzanne discussed how accelerated change is expressed in the cultural and economic life of London’s streets. Focusing on Peckham Rye Lane and the Walworth Road, the urban dimensions of spatial and social exchange was explored. Suzanne leads the ’Ordinary Streets’ research project at LSE Cities, and is author of City, Street and Citizen: The measure of the ordinary (Routledge, 2012).
Suzanne Hall is an urban ethnographer and has practised as an architect in South Africa. Her research and teaching interests include social and economic forms of inclusion and exclusion in the context of global urbanisation, where she currently focuses on the micro-economies and spaces of urban migration. From 1997 to 2003 her practice engaged with the role of design in the context of rapid urbanisation in poor and racially segregated areas in Cape Town, and her work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally. She was awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant (2015–2017) for a comparative project on ‘Super-diverse Streets: Economies and spaces of urban migration in UK Cities’, which emerges out of her LSE Cities research project on ‘Ordinary Streets’. She is a recipient of the LSE’s Robert McKenzie Prize for outstanding PhD research (2010) and the Rome Scholarship in Architecture (1998–1999). Her research monograph, City, Street and Citizen: The measure of the ordinary was published in 2012. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Academic Director of the Cities Programme, which offers MSc and PhD-level degrees within the LSE’s Department of Sociology.