The Hindu features Executive MSc in Cities consultancy project

23 April 2018

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 interviewed about sustainable building practices in India

16 April 2018

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.

 

Philipp Rode speaks at Bilbao on transport accessibility

22 March 2018

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.

New Bloomberg Scholarships for Public Service for Executive MSc in Cities

21 March 2018

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.

New journal article on governing urban accessibility published

16 March 2018

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.

Emerging architects prize winner announced

15 March 2018

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.