Shaping Cities in an Urban Age is the culmination of 15 years of global investigation by the Urban Age project. Edited by Ricky Burdett and Philipp Rode, this richly illustrated volume brings together authoritative research and insights of the complexities of urbanisation, and is an essential reference guide to the workings of the modern-day city. The book examines diverse cross-cutting themes – governance, economy, health and well-being, planning, design and the environment – that are shaping cities today.
Featuring 37 essays by leading policy-makers, practitioners and scholars, the publication offers new perspectives on the dynamics of urban change and its driving forces. It tracks how cities like Addis Ababa, London, Mexico City and Delhi have transformed since 1990 and compares patterns of growth, inequality and energy consumption of other global cities including New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Rio de Janeiro.
Shaping Cities in an Urban Age does more than put cities on the map. It identifies current trends that are making cities more fragmented, less equitable and environmentally more damaging, and argues powerfully for a more integrated social, environmental and spatial approach that can inform and inspire city-makers that are shaping an increasingly urban world.
The Urban Age is a worldwide investigation into the future of cities by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft. Previous titles in the series include The Endless City (2007) and Living in the Endless City (2011). The 17th Urban Age conference, ‘Developing Urban Futures’, will be held in Addis Ababa on 29-30 November 2018.
The 17th Urban Age conference will take place in Addis Ababa. The conference will focus on the development of cities in rapidly urbanising countries. This is the the last week to register your interest in attending.
We are living in a time of deep divisions. Best-selling author Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward through a transformative idea: that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces – our libraries, parks, markets, schools, playgrounds, gardens and communal spaces.
First developed as a Special Project for the Venice Biennale, the exhibition highlights the spatial and social consequences of dramatic urban growth in cities across the world between 1990 and 2015, alongside a selection of inspirational solutions to urban change identified by Arup’s global staff.
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