Multilingual Streets: London's litmus strips of change

Public lecture hosted by London Festival of Architecture and LSE Cities

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).

You can download the slide presentation as a PDF here and a podcast of the event here.

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    Suzanne Hall

    Suzanne Hall is an urban ethnographer and has practised as an architect in South Africa. Her research and teaching interests focus on everyday formations of global migration in the context of inequality, discrimination and resistance, particularly migrant economies and urban multi-culture. From 1997 to 2003 her practice engaged with the role of design in marginalised and racially segregated areas in Cape Town. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including the 2006 Venice Architectural Biennale, and the 2005 Sao Paulo Biennale of Architecture and Design. 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 an LSE Teaching Award (2017), the Phillip Leverhulme Prize (2017), the LSE’s Robert McKenzie PhD Prize (2010), and the Rome Scholarship in Architecture (1998–1999). Suzi is author of City, Street and Citizen (2012), and The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City, co-edited with Ricky Burdett (2017).