The Hindu newspaper has featured Rewati Prabhu’s LSE Executive MSc in Cities consultancy project, which looked happiness in cities. Prahbu, who is Executive Director of Cities at Pell Frischman, was part of the team who delivered the Happy Cities Amaravati Declaration. The Executive MSc in Cities is a flexible, tailor-made programme for urban professionals in the public, private and third sectors who want to improve the way their organisations understand and deliver change in cities.
Julia King, a Research Fellow at LSE Cities, has been interviewed by Down To Earth. The article, ‘If sanitation is treated as a community problem, we can make something happen for very little money‘ is part of an upcoming book about sustainable building practices across India. ‘Building Wise’ will be published by the Centre for Science and Environment. King leads the Incremental Infrastructure, a research project to identify, design, and prototype sanitation interventions in the context of marginalised and peripheral communities in Delhi.
Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, will be speaking at Churchill College, Cambridge University, at the launch of the new Cambridge Institute for Public Policy on a panel debating ‘Global Cities: Engines of Growth or Sites of Inequality?’ chaired by Stephanie Flanders of Bloomberg, alongside Jan Gehl, veteran urbanist from Copenhagen.
Suzanne Hall, Director of the Cities Programme, will present her research on migration at The Good City: Urban Comparison, Transformation and Value in Oxford on 19 April 2018. The roundtable discussion will investigate the value of orderliness in urban transformation.
Urban Age research has been featured in Urban Sustainability Framework, a World Bank report aimed at providing a global platform for sustainble cities. The research includes trends in decoupling economic growth from resource use and enviormental impacts with case studies from Berlin, Copenhagen, London and New York City.
Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities, spoke on Accessibility in Cities: Transport and Urban Form on 22 March 2018 at the CIX BM30 Workshop in Bilbao. Rode will draw insights from the Centre’s ongoing research into the link between urban form and transport infrastructure, as well as his recently published book, Governing Compact Cities: How to Connect Planning, Design and Transport, exploring how governance impacts this topic.
Bloomberg Scholarships for Public Service, which offer fee support to Executive MSc in Cities applicants, are now available. The scheme is open to applicants currently employed in the public sector with awards of up to £32,376 towards the cost of 2018/19 tuition. The deadline to apply is 24 April 2018. Previous winners of the scholarships, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, include Navin Rai, who runs national flagship programmes in the Urban Development & Housing Department of the Indian State of Sikkim and Yao Wen-Chih, who has been a member of Taiwan’s parliament since 2012. The Executive MSc in Cities is an 18-month part-time programme for urban professionals who want to understand and deliver change in their cities.
Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, and Nuno da Cruz, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at LSE Cities, have authored a new journal article. Governing urban accessibility: moving beyond transport and mobility, published in Applied Mobilities, uses empirical insights from a global survey and the case-study cities of London, NYC and Berlin to explores the institutional capacities of shifting from governing urban transport to urban accessibility. The findings suggest that cities may be better equipped to integrate shared mobility and consider mobility as a service than to pursue more wide-ranging metropolitan accessibility policies.
Four finalists have been announced for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for Emerging Architecture. They include projects in Mexico, Brazil and the United States looking at designing buildings for children, the future and reclaiming public space. Children Village (Aleph Zero + Rosenbaum), an education facility designed for children in remote Formoso do Araguaia, has increased the children’s sense of belonging, responsibility for the environment and overall academic performance, while María Montessori School Mazatlan (EPArguitectos + Estudio Macias Peredo) responds not only to a harsh climate, but also the changing needs of children at different stages of learning. Common Unity (Rozana Montiel) reclaims privatised spaces for public use in one of Mexico City’s large housing complexes to improve social interaction. Embodied Computation Lab (David Benjamin) involves a facility for interdisciplinary research on robotics, sensors, and everywhere that computers meet the physical world in a building designed to evolve over time, with components and systems that can be swapped and upgraded. Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age was the Jury Chair.
Nuno da Cruz, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at LSE Cities, gave a guest lecture at The Hague Academy for Local Governance on 9 March 2018. The lecture was delivered in the context of the Matra Rule of Law Training Programme and focused on transparency and accountability in local governance. Da Cruz contributes to the Centre’s research into Urban Governance.