Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, participated in yesterday’s LSE public event on architecture critic Rowan Moore’s new book Slow Burn City. Professor Burdett was a discussant with Tony Travers, and responded to Moore’s argument that London must change with a ‘slow’ burn through the interplay of private investment, public good and legislative action.
Suzanne Hall, Director of the Cities Programme, has won an LSE Teaching Prize. Suzanne, who was also recently promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology (effective August 2017), was awarded the prize based on student reviews. Her recent works have included several academic papers and data profiles based on the Super-Diverse Streets project, an ESRC-funded research exploration of the intersections between city streets, social diversity and economic adaptations in the context of accelerated migration. For a full list of Suzanne’s work, see here.
The City: Private or Public? is a new working paper by Harvard Law Professor Gerald Frug that analyses the conceptual, financial, and structural privatisation of city governments in the United States. The article focuses on city services, economic development, and the design of the city population, and provides two contrasting approaches, one embraced by the private city and the other by the public city. By doing so, it seeks to emphasise the different choices facing state governments when they empower and disempower city governments and to suggest what is at stake when these choices are made.
LSE Cities Research Officer Muhammad Adeel has published a new article in Pakistan Today on patterns of urban growth in Lahore and Karachi. The article explores the implications of horizontal urban expansion and sprawl and the lessons that can be learned from each city. Read the full article here.
LSE Cities has launched the new report, Towards Urban Growth Analytics for Yangon, in Myanmar this week. The report is the product of a collaboration with the International Growth Centre’s Myanmar office and aims to provide the first step towards developing a more in-depth research programme on urban development in Yangon.
To accompany the release of the report, LSE Cities Executive Director Philipp Rode presented on compact, connected and coordinated urban growth with the IGC’s Tony Venables in a February 23 workshop centred on the theme of “Urbanising Myanmar.” Dr. Rode also gave a keynote address at the Yangon School of Political Science on Urban Governance and the New Urban Agenda.
As part of a capacity-building session in the city, Catarina Heeckt and Alexandra Gomes – researchers on the Yangon report – presented its findings and methods to the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC).
The full report, and wider information about the project, is available here.
On March 2, LSE Cities Executive Director Philipp Rode will chair a discussion on future mobility in India hosted by the LSESU’s German Society. Dr. Rode will be in conversation with Günter Butschek, CEO of Tata Motors Worldwide, addressing questions surrounding India’s Automotive Mission Plan 2016-26. More information is available here.
Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, chaired this evening’s Munich Security Conference side event. “Security ‘Architecture’: Managing Threats in an Urban Age” was held in partnership with Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, Munich Security Conference and LSE Cities. The event included discussion by leading security experts, political decision-makers and experts from academia and civil society on increasingly complex urban security politics.
Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, has published a text on ‘Pragmatism, Development and Culture: the London Model’ in Domus Magazine focusing on the genesis of the new Design Museum which recently opened in the refurbished Commonwealth Institute in London’s Holland Park.
Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities, has published a new article in a Journal of Urban Affairs special issue on New Urban Governance. The article, Urban planning and transport policy integration: The role of governance hierarchies and networks in London and Berlin, investigates how the integration of urban planning and transport policies has been pursued in key case study cities since the early 1990s. It is the first in a series of articles that will be made available online in the JUA special issue. It can be accessed here.
Julia King, Research Officer at LSE Cities, will tonight participate in the Architectural Association’s “Speed Mentoring” event at the AA’s lecture hall in London. The event’s format is designed to provide opportunities for meeting and learning from a range of professionals working within architecture. Dr. King teaches on the Cities Programme at the LSE and has also taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture, AA and the CASS Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design. More information about the event and the series is available here.