On 15 February 2018, The Guardian published “The story of Mr Sudhir: how to survive in Delhi’s ‘grey market‘”, an edited extract from Richard Sennett’s newest book, Building and Dwelling. The article details Sennett’s experience of Nehru Place in Delhi, where he interviews a man who sold him a dud iPhone. LSE Cities will host a book launch on 20 March.
LSE Cities’ provided advisory support for a new C40 report. “Urban Climate Action Impacts Framework” offers cities tools to better know when climate policies will also deliver cleaner air, healthier streets or faster growth. LSE Cities has previously contributed to climate frameworks for cities under the Economics of Green Cities Programme where it co-authored a working paper on “Co-benefits of urban climate action: A framework for cities” with C40.
LSE Cities, in partnership with UCLG and UN-Habitat, will lead a networking event at the World Urban Forum (WUF) in Kuala Lumpur on 10 February 2018. “Towards a New Urban Governance Observatory” aims to identify the key aspects that need to be taken into account when creating an indicator facility for monitoring changes in urban and metropolitan governance over the next 10-20 years. This builds on the experience gathered in coordinating one of ten Habitat III Policy Units on Urban Governance, Capacity and Institutional Development during the preparations of the New Urban Agenda, the global Urban Governance Survey covering 127 cities, and the on-going New Urban Governance research project. Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities, will draw on this research in his presentation.
Philipp Rode, Executive Director at LSE Cities and Urban Age, has authored Governing Compact Cities: How to Connect Planning, Design and Transport. The Edward Elgar publication investigates how governments and other critical actors organise to enable compact urban growth, combining higher urban densities, mixed use and urban design quality with more walkable and public transport-oriented urban development. Philipp Rode draws on empirical evidence from London and Berlin to examine how urban policymakers, professionals and stakeholders have worked across disciplinary silos, geographic scales and different time horizons since the early 1990s. A recent LSE Cities report directed by Rode – Towards New Urban Mobility: The case of London and Berlin – also looks at how these two cities can better leverage new and emerging mobility choices in cities.
Marco Di Nunzio, Urban Age Rsearch Officer at LSE Cities, delivered “Development through dislocation: scale, aesthetics and the politics of informality in Addis Ababa’s construction boom” at the African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference in Cape Town on 2 February 2018. The special panel looking at Informality, urban space and infrastructure was convened by LSE Cities and chaired by Victoria Okoye. Panellists included Gunvor Jónsson (Urban informality and ‘evictability’: the demolition of the Malian market in Dakar); and Taibat Lawanson (Slum upgrading in Lagos: a retrospective assessment of World Bank projects).
Rebecca Craig, Urban Age researcher at LSE Cities, delivered “Urban transport, new data and governance: implications of mapping the informal” at the African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference in Cape Town on 2 February 2018. The special panel looking at How digitalisation will shape public transport in African cities was convened by LSE Cities and chaired by Philipp Rode. Panellists included Jacqueline Klopp (Mapping minibuses in Maputo and Nairobi); Herrie Schalekamp (Technology and formalisation in the minibus-dominated public transport sector in South Africa) and Stéphane Eboko (Engaging a shift toward sustainable mobility to leverage the potential of alternative models on the continent).
Applications for Urban Age Scholarships, which provide tuition fee awards up to £15,000 towards participating in LSE’s Executive MSc in Cities, are now open. The scheme is funded through the Urban Age Programme, a joint initiative between LSE Cities and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, the international forum of Deutsche Bank. The deadline for applications is 12.00 GMT (noon), Monday 26 March 2018.
Julia King, Research Fellow at LSE Cities will deliver a guest lecture at UCL on 1 February 2018. The lecture, which will be delivered to Urban Innovation and Policy MPA students, will draw on King’s research on Incremental Infrastructure, a project to identify, design, and prototype sanitation interventions in the context of marginalised and peripheral communities in Delhi.
Metropolis, a world association of major metropolises, has partnered with LSE Cities to develop a system of comparative indicators and collect the corresponding data for a range of major cities and metropolitan areas. The growth of large metropolitan areas like megacities, urban regions and corridors presents new challenges for the management of territories, however, there is a substantial lack of data. The Metropolitan Indicators research project will deliver a database for 50-60 metropolises around the globe. The indicators will refer to six overarching themes: metropolitan governance, economic development, social cohesion, gender equality, sustainability, and quality of life.
Julia King, Research Fellow at LSE Cities, will chair “Transforming Cities? Gentrification and Urban Contestation in Istanbul and London” on 7 February at the London School of Economics. The talk will draw on examples from two or Europe’s biggest cities to reflect on the consequences of urban regeneration and gentrification on social justice and public spaces. The panel is organised by Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey (Research Turkey) and LSE SU Turkish Society.