LSE Cities co-hosts urban dialogue at Habitat III

19 October 2016

On October 18, the Co-Leads of the Habitat III Policy Unit 4, LSE Cities and UCLG, hosted a three hour session consisting of two panel discussions in Quito, Ecuador. The panels discussed the implications of the New Urban Agenda for different aspects of urban governance in the context of the Habitat III conference and the policy paper developed by Policy Unit 4. The session, chaired by Emilia Saiz of UCLG, acted as an inaugural forum interpreting the high-level governance ambitions of the NUA for different contexts, spheres of governments, private and third sector organisations and actors. Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities, presented an overview of Policy Unit 4 and its relationship to the New Urban Agenda.

The first panel included Mónica Fein, Mayor of Rosario (Argentina); Parks Tau, President of South African Local Governments Association; Ian Klaus, US Department of State; Ilmar Reepalu, Councilor of Malmö (Sweden); Dieudonne Maurice Bonanet, Minister of Urbanization and Habitat, Burkina Faso.

The second included Mercè Conesa, President of the Province of Barcelona (Spain); Denis Simonneau,Director of European and International Relations, ENGIE (previously GDF-SUEZ); Sandra Vermuyten, Head of Campaigns Public Sector International (PSI); Joanna Drake, Deputy Director General – DG Environment, European Commission; and Soledad Núñez, Minister of Housing and Habitat, Paraguay.

Suzanne Hall contributes to Migration Matters post-Brexit series

18 October 2016

In the first episode of Migration Matters’ “Six Impossible Ideas (After Brexit)“, Suzanne Hall discussed her research on super-diverse streets and its relevance following Britain’s EU referendum in June. In a series of videos on Rye Lane in Peckham, London – where proprietors from more than 20 countries run their businesses – Dr. Hall highlighted the role of migrants in shaping urban economies and high streets.

Linking Britain’s current political environment to the daily experience of the street, the episode discusses the wider context of diversity and how it shapes the economy and society. You can watch the full episode here.


Phillip Rode spoke on the risk of low-density sprawl in Bogotá

15 October 2016

Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities, spoke [video] at #BogotaEsLaCumbre on the risk of low-density sprawl in Bogotá. Bogotá, which is a higher density city in the Latin American context,  is still less dense than many of LSE Cities’ Asian case study cities. Considering wealth and density, the city already has a relatively high rate of motorisation, reducing opportunity for the model of compact, connected and coordinated urban growth. Rode said that urban expansion is pushing towards the administrative boundary of the city and unstructured, low-density sprawl is a real risk within the wider metropolitan region. Rode spoke alongside Enrique Peñalosa (Mayor of Bogotá) and Joan Clos (Executive Director, UN-Habitat).

Philipp Rode talks on planning, governance in Bogotá

12 October 2016

Philipp Rode , Executive Director of LSE Cities, will talk today alongside Enrique Peñalosa (Mayor of Bogotá) and Joan Clos (Executive Director, UN-Habitat) in Bogotá  on the 2050 Bogotá Planning: Vision and Model Town. Later in the day he’ll also share the results of The Urban Governance Survey at the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders.  The survey is an initiative by LSE Cities, UN-Habitat and the UCLG Committee on Decentralization and Local-Self Government and supported by the MacArthur Foundation.


RAMSES releases video tool to promote urban resilience

6 October 2016

RAMSES, a European research project which aims to deliver much needed quantified evidence of the impacts of climate change and the costs and benefits of a wide range of adaptation measures, focusing on cities, has released a series of videos to help further close the gap between scientists and city planners in seeking synergy between climate adaptation and mitigation. LSE Cities is one of 13 project partners.

Theatrum Mundi Designing Respect exhibition opens in Rio de Janeiro

4 October 2016

Theatrum Mundi’s Designing Respect exhibition has opened today in Rio de Janeiro, in collaboration with People’s Palace Projects and Museum of Tomorrow.

From July to September, TM opened a call to artists, planners, activists, and citizens of all kinds to identify settings for disrespect in the Olympic capital and design plans for an architectural, urban, performative or organisational intervention.

11 winning projects were chosen by peer vote and are being highlighted at the exhibition RESPECT at the Museum of Tomorrow/Museu do Amanhã from October 4-23. They were all championed by the official jury for their demonstration of key struggles in the 21st century city: racial segregation, class violence, gendered space, unequal mobility, profound neoliberal urban restructuring, displacement, territorial stigmatisation, and the question of who counts as history.

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Jane Jacobs Medal awarded to Urban Age contributors

3 October 2016

The prestigious Jane Jacobs Medal has been awarded to Dr Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat and the Mumbai-based architect PK Das. LSE Cities and Urban Age Director Ricky Burdett was one of the international judges of the initiative organised by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Municipal Arts Society. Both Dr Clos and PK Das have been closely involved in Urban Age conferences, with PK Das receiving the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award in Mumbai in 2007.

Lancet series on health with contributions from LSE Cities

26 September 2016

A new Lancet Series on Urban design, transport, and health has launched. This three-part series explores how integrated multisector city planning, including urban design and transport planning, can be used as an important and currently underused force for health and wellbeing within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals in both high-income countries and low-income and middle-income countries. Paper 3, Use of science to guide city planning policy and practice: how to achieve healthy and sustainable future cities includes contributions from Ricky Burdett and Peter Griffiths. Another of the authors, Billie Giles-Corti, will be presenting the paper at LSE on 6 October 2016.