Conflicts of an Urban Age opened today at BOX Freiraum in Berlin, and will run until 29 July 2017. The exhibition was first developed as a Special Project for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (2016) of La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition, jointly organised by LSE Cities and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, highlights the spatial and social consequences of dramatic urban growth in cities across the world between 1990 and 2015. It describes how seven cities – Addis Ababa, Berlin, Istanbul, London, Mexico City, Mumbai and Shanghai – have changed over this 25-year period, foregrounding individual narratives on how the physical environment has adapted to societal change and presenting data on the urban dynamics that affect people’s lives. The exhibition also presents the findings of the Urban Age research programme, exploring the way selected cities perform in global hotspots of urbanisation and revealing the complex patterns of urban growth, mobility, density, social inclusion, economic development, environmental impact and governance structures that lie behind cities as diverse as Mexico City and Tokyo, Berlin and Johannesburg, Istanbul and London.
Alongside the exhibition, Urban Talks focusing on Berlin and on participative and sustainable approaches to planning and designing cities will be held each Wednesday at 7pm. For more information and to register click here.
LSE Cities Research Officer Alexandra Gomes today presented on her PhD research surrounding sensory urbanism at the Academy of Young Urbanism in London. The event was part of the London Festival of Architecture, and explored how designing for smell could take a coordinated approach to tackling broader urban issues.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that LSE Cities Director Ricky Burdett is one of the members of the Cultural Leadership Board being launched today. The new body includes experts from across culture and the creative industries: design, gaming, events, cultural tourism, urban development, planning, film, theatre and heritage. They will advise the Mayor on issues facing the creative industries and culture including leadership, talent development, inclusion, innovation and infrastructure.
LSE Cities Research Fellow Nuno Ferreira da Cruz yesterday discussed the future of cities on the Portuguese television program Fronteiras XXI. The purpose of the program was to debate the “big themes” that challenge Portugal and the world. Along with Augusto Mateus (ex-minister, ministry of economics), Álvaro Domingues (geographer, University of Porto), and Ana Paula Rafael (CEO of Dielmar), Nuno examined the future of cities at the global scale with a particular emphasis on the case of Portugal.
Suzanne Hall, Director of the Cities Programme at LSE Cities, has published a new article in the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies titled “Mooring “super-diversity” to a brutal migration milieu.” The article relates processes of diversity-making to the punitive effects of the European border complex, while reflecting on the contradictory position of the migrant in the Western economic and social imagination.
Conflicts of an Urban Age was first developed as a Special Project for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (2016) of La Biennale di Venezia. Now, the exhibition – jointly organised by LSE Cities and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft – will be displayed at BOX Freiraum in Berlin from 21 June to 29 July 2017. Conflicts of an Urban Age highlights the spatial and social consequences of dramatic urban growth in cities across the world between 1990 and 2015 by focusing on seven case studies: Addis Ababa, Berlin, Istanbul, London, Mexico City, Mumbai and Shanghai. It foregrounds individual narratives on how the physical environment has adapted to societal change and presents data on the urban dynamics that affect people’s lives, while featuring select examples of ‘incremental’ and ‘instant’ urbanism that are shaping the conflicts and tensions of the contemporary city.
LSE Cities and Urban Age Director Ricky Burdett joined former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, architect Norman Foster and artist Maya Lin to discuss the future of cities as part of the inaugural ‘Future is Now’ Forum being held at the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid today. Other speakers on technology and infrastructure included Jonny Ive, Nicholas Negroponte, Marc Newson, Alejandro Aravena, Janette Sadik Khan, Henk Ovink, Cornelia Parker and Olafur Eliasson. An article on the growth dynamics of megacities by Burdett was also published in El Pais, see http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2017/05/25/babelia/1495728878_510692.html
Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has awarded the Centennial Medal to Professor Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at LSE and member of LSE Cities Governing Board. The Centennial Medal, the School’s highest honour, is awarded to individuals whose contributions to knowledge, to their disciplines, to their colleagues, and to society have made a fundamental and lasting impact. His citation notes: “Richard is extraordinarily attuned to aesthetics and art, as well as deeply engaged with social inequality and the changing world of global labor relations. Many of his peers would be proud to have worked in just one of the many areas Richard has taken on.”
Two new articles that will be part of a special issue on ‘New Urban Governance’ have been published ahead of print on the website of the Journal of Urban Affairs.
In his piece ‘Multilevel governance as a strategy to build capacity in cities: Evidence from Sweden’ Jon Pierre argues that, as cities are now expected to address increasingly complex issues, international networks have become key sources of knowledge and expertise. Bruno Paschoal and Kai Wegrich’s article – ‘Urban governance innovations in Rio de Janeiro: The political management of digital innovations’ – explores the role of digital innovations in strengthening mayoral control over the city’s governance.
In addition to these papers on Europe and Brazil, other special issue articles already available online address urban governance in China, India, South Africa and for the case-study cities of London and Berlin.
In a new Global Urban Lecture for UN Habitat, LSE Cities’ Executive Director Philipp Rode presents the findings of the cities research programme of the New Climate Economy (NCE) project, which LSE Cities is co-leading. NCE is the flagship project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, and the Global Urban Lectures are produced by UNI – UN-Habitat’s partnership with universities worldwide to share academic research more widely. The overall aim of NCE is to provide independent and authoritative evidence on the relationship between actions which can strengthen economic performance and those which reduce the risk of dangerous climate change.