Conflicts of an Urban Age, a Special Project of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition realised by La Biennale di Venezia, opens today in Venice. Curated by LSE Cities, it is part of the Urban Age programme jointly organised by the London School of Economics and Political Science and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft. It explores patterns of urban growth between 1990 and 2015 and asks how we can apply the lessons of these twenty-five years to the future of cities. In the context of Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development that will be held in Quito, Ecuador on 17-20 October 2016, the exhibition documents the transformation of fishing villages into megacities and examines how 5 billion urban dwellers can be accommodated by 2030. It runs from May 28th – November 27th 2016.
The 2016 edition of the Urban Governance Survey undertaken by LSE Cities in partnership with UN Habitat and UCLG (Decentralisation and Local Governance Committee), and supported by the MacArthur Foundation, has been launched today. The renovated website displays data from 104 cities spanning five continents, with new survey questions, and is now available in English, Spanish and French. A key element of LSE Cities’ New Urban Governance project, the new online platform presents both the results of the survey and contains more in-depth analysis of existing institutional arrangements and governance challenges faced by cities around the world. It seeks to both address the data challenges confronting research on urban governance, while providing an accessible and detailed resource for the wider public. Local government officials that wish to participate in this edition of the Urban Governance Survey can do so until 30 June 2016.
The New Climate Economy project, led by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, has launched a new international initiative to work towards the sustainable economic and social transition of cities. LSE Cities, which has played a key role in the NCE project, will be part of a Steering Group designed to support the Coalition for Urban Transitions with strategic advice, technical expertise, and academic research. The Coalition, to be hosted by the World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and jointly managed by the C40 Climate Leadership Group, aims to “help achieve the Paris climate goals by making cities a focus of national economic planning, improving city access to financing for low-carbon infrastructure and making the economic case for climate friendly urban growth, particularly in developing countries.”
LSE Cities Executive Director Philipp Rode is today speaking at UN headquarters in New York, as part of the preparatory process for the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador. The Habitat III Open-Ended Informal Consultative Meetings, taking place from April 25 to April 29, provide an opportunity for member states to scrutinise and discuss the policy papers presented to the Habitat III Secretariat by ten expert groups. LSE Cities and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) are the co-leads of Policy Unit 4, on Urban Governance, Capacity and Institutional Development. The meeting can be viewed live here.
LSE Cities Research Fellow and the Coordinator of the New Urban Governance project, Nuno Ferreira da Cruz, has released a new working paper, “A brief inquiry into the uses of measurement and benchmarking in local governance.” The paper briefly reviews the potential, limitations and unintended consequences of measuring and comparing performance in the context of local governance. It can be downloaded here.
Adam Kaasa is set to speak at What is a connected city?, co-organised by The CUBE London and the Royal College of Art, and Forms of Commoning in London at the Tenderpixel Gallery. At both, he will reflect on lessons learned from the 2015 ideas challenge Designing the Urban Commons, and look forward to this year’s challenge in Rio de Janeiro that will focus on design and ‘respect’ as part of the ongoing research project Designing Politics.
The Urban Age Scholarship is designed to support outstanding candidates wanting to study on the LSE Executive MSc in Cities who cannot access the necessary funds to meet all their costs of study. One of our key priorities for the Executive MSc in Cities is to ensure that it replicates the successful Urban Age model of bringing together stakeholders from as wide a range of contexts as possible and broadening access to knowledge and debate around the way we design and govern our cities. We want to actively promote a student body that brings a diversity of experiences, backgrounds and perspectives to the programme. All applicants to the Executive MSc in Cities, regardless of their professional background, nationality or current residence are eligible to apply for the Urban Age Scholarship, provided they can demonstrate financial need.
Scholarships may be awarded to cover the full cost of tuition, but partial tuition scholarships are also available. The amount of the award will be determined based on a combination of factors, including the quality of applicants and their respective financial needs. For the 2016/2017 academic year up to three full tuition scholarships may be awarded.
The application form for the Urban Age Scholarship and accompanying guidance notes will be available from emc.lsecities.net/urbanagescholarship from Friday, 22 April 2016 and the deadline for submissions is Monday, 6 June 2016 at 12:00 GMT.
In the meantime, you can start your application process for the LSE Executive MSc in Cities here.
The LSE Executive MSc in Cities, made possible through the Urban Age Programme. The Urban Age Programme is a joint initiative between LSE Cities and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, the international forum of Deutsche Bank.
Videos from the Disrupting Mobility Summit, which investigated sustainable futures, are now available. The Summit was co-hosted by LSE Cities, the MIT Media Lab, the University of California at Berkeley and InnoZ. Transforming Cities included Edward Glaeser, Harvard University; Adam Greenfield, Urbanscale; Philipp Rode, LSE; Janette Sadik-Khan, Bloomberg Associates; and Anthony Townsend, Bits + Atoms.
Philipp Rode spoke at Data City / Data Nation, an event by Digital Catapult. Rode encouraged delegates to move beyond thinking about transport as an accessibility problem rather than a mobility problem. For more on this research, please see our project on New Mobility Transitions or read our report on Towards New Urban Mobility.
LSE Cities has joined with mayors, city networks and urban stakeholders worldwide to call for an IPCC Special Report on Cities and Climate Change during the IPCC 43rd Session on April 11-13. The proposal for a special IPCC cities-focused report, submitted by the South African government, has received public support from UN-Habitat, as well from the mayors of Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Istanbul, and international organisations like C40, ICLEI, UCLG, World Climate Research Program, UNESCO and IPCC. You can submit a request to your national government, calling for an IPCC Special Report on Cities and Climate Change, through your country’s IPCC National Focal Point.