Hosted in Delhi as a precursor to the 2014 Urban Age Conference, this one day workshop sought to interrogate related debates around urban uncertainty. This landmark event of the hugely popular Urban Uncertainty workshop series marks the consolidation of the on-going theoretical and empirical work of the Urban Uncertainty project at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Advancing initiatives undertaken through the project, this workshop drew together international and local academics, practitioners, and wider publics to critically examine the influence of future uncertainty on contemporary processes of urban transformation. The debates were framed within the context of the so called ‘Asian century’ in order to engage with the region’s increasingly central place in debates on global urbanism.
The event was structured as a series of conversations and exchanges between local and international scholars, practitioners, and activists. By sharing reflections on the various ways in which urban uncertainty is lived, materialised, planned for, and produced, participants critically explored the social and political effects of urban uncertainty. The discussion focused on the multiple ways in which uncertain futures shape cities and urban life, and on conceptual and methodological challenges of studying uncertain futures. Overall, the lively conversations and debates generated through this workshop substantiated our ongoing exploratory work on urban uncertainty, while opening new pathways for theorising, analysing, and comparing the diversity of ways in urban uncertainty is understood, experienced, and governed.
The Urban Uncertainty workshop series is an integral part of LSE Cities’ collaborative investigation into emerging ways of envisioning and governing the future of cities. Each session focuses on a different dimension of urban uncertainty, from health and housing to crime and climate, and brings together scholars from a handful of disciplines whose work converges on common themes.
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