Urban Age Electric City Conference
The eleventh Urban Age conference will take place in central London on 6-7 December 2012. This year the conference will focus on the ‘Electric City’ – a detailed investigation of how the combined forces of technological innovation and the global environmental crisis are affecting urban society.
Organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, the two-day event will explore a number of themes that connect technology, the environment and cities. Speakers will be asked to tackle the social dimension of technological change, addressing questions of adaptation and change in individual and collective behaviour. In addition, the conference will explore how the economics of green cities can influence the welfare and economic geography of urban areas, advancing environmental and socio-economic sustainability of existing and new cities. Finally, the conference will focus on how the transformation of urban areas – such as the Olympic Park in London – can act as a step-change in creating post-fossil fuel cities.
The invitation-only event will be attended by about 300 participants, with about 40 speakers drawn from cities and institutions in East Asia, North and South America and Europe, and will be webcast live.
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