LSE Cities Research Officer Alexandra Gomes contributed yesterday to a Planning and Environmental Management seminar at the University of Manchester. Her presentation, titled Analysing Cities at Different Scales: Methods, Challenges and Opportunities, focused on her work across various research projects at LSE Cities, including Governing Urban Futures (2014), Resource Urbanisms (2015-ongoing), and Towards Urban Growth Analytics for Yangon (2016).
The 2017 Cities and Climate Conference will take place from September 19-21 in Potsdam, Germany. The conference, the last in a series relating to the RAMSES (Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for cities) project, will explore the latest advances in research and practice addressing climate change in cities, including issues of infrastructure, planning, governance, economics of adaptation, risk management, and their possible trade-offs and synergies with mitigation and sustainability objectives.
Abstract submissions and registration are now open, while further information on the conference is available online.
As part of the University of Michigan’s 7th Annual Pakistan Conference, LSE Cities Researcher Fizzah Sajjad presented on gender equity in transport planning on April 7. Fizzah’s presentation, in a session on Gender in Public Spaces, focused on preliminary findings from the first phase of a research project on women’s mobility in Lahore, Pakistan.
Metropolis Magazine has today published a review of the film, The Quito Papers: Towards an Open City, directed by Dom Bagnato and Cassim Shepard. The film addresses the “The Quito Papers”, a research collaboration between Theatrum Mundi, NYU and UN-Habitat, developed in the run-up to the United Nations Habitat III conference held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. The review discusses both the film itself and the wider context of the Habitat III conference, where the Quito Papers were presented by Ricky Burdett, Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett, and Joan Clos during the Urban Talk Designing the Urban Age.
LSE Cities Research Fellow Nuno Ferreira da Cruz recently attended the Post-Habitat III Cross-Cutting Expert Group Meeting on UN-Habitat’s Action Framework for the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda in New York. The three day meeting (April 5-7) aimed to provide feedback into and refine the framework, suggest indicators, and provide concrete examples in five key areas: national urban policies; urban legislation, rules and regulations; integrated urban and territorial planning and design; financing urbanisation; and local implementation.
Ravi Anand Loknath and Larissa Miranda-Heinisch of the MSc in City Design and Social Science, along with Vaishnavi Shankar of the MSc in Urbanisation and Development, have been awarded a Geographical Fieldwork Grant by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS). The Fieldwork Grant, which is the Society’s longest running grant scheme, offers support for UK-led research teams carrying out geographical field research overseas. The grant, worth up to £3000, is given to small research teams making a significant contribution to geographical knowledge.
Collectively, Ravi Anand, Larissa and Vaishnavi put forward a proposal on “Interpreting Informal Human Geographies”, a detailed documentation and research of an informal settlement in São Paulo, Brazil. The proposal is the culmination of their independent projects at the London School of Economics: Larissa’s on the open communal spaces that define the informal community; Vaishnavi’s on how the community is building resilience frameworks to address the threat of climate change; and Ravi Anand’s on the informal commerce systems and micro-economies that sustain the community.
In tomorrow’s Tate Modern symposium on The art of being civic with public works, LSE Cities Research Officer Julia King and Theatrum Mundi Director Adam Kaasa will contribute to a panel on “Civic and the City.” Julia will deliver a presentation titled “Infrastructure as a (civic) property and not a thing”, while Adam will present on “Designing Politics? Decolonising an urban ideas challenge.” More information on the symposium is available here.
LSE Cities and Urban Age Director Ricky Burdett has paid tribute to the late Pritzker Prize winning architect, Zaha Hadid, one year after her death. In a video produced by the Architects’ Journal, Zaha Hadid: An Architectural Legacy, Professor Burdett features among several other urbanists and architects in reflecting on Hadid’s legacy and career. The video is available here.
On May 30 and 31, LSE Cities Research Officer Muhammad Adeel will discuss the ‘Resource Urbanisms’ research project at the Columbia University-led 6th Alliance Graduate Summer School in Science and Policy in Paris. He will also deliver a hands-on workshop on remote sensing with special emphasis on urban development. The wider focus of the event will be on research methods in sustainable development, with a particular focus on remote sensing, network analysis and high-resolution data. More information is available here.
Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, has published two articles relating to infrastructure and urbanism. The first on ‘Infrastructures of equality versus inequality’ is a transcript from a LafargeHolcim Foundation Conference on Infrastructure Space held in Detroit in April 2016; the second, published in March 2017 issue of Arquitecture Viva, describes the context behind the Norman Foster Foundation’s initiative on the Droneport project launched at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.