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LSE Cities at Habitat III

LSE Cities contribution to the official Habitat III programme in Quito, Ecuador.

Exhibition Stand (09:00-18:00; 15-20 October; Stand 33)
Dialogue (15:00-18:00; 18 October; R1/ Cine “Alfredo Pareja”)
Side Event (11.00-12.00; 19 October; R13)
Urban Talk (19:00-20:30; 19 October; Teatro Nacional)

Exhibition Stand
LSE Cities and Urban Age
15-20 October
09:00-18:00 (Open daily to all delegates and the general public)
Venue: 33 (Area B), National Assembly (300 metres from the main conference venue)

The LSE Cities exhibit includes data and research from the Urban Age Programme, which has investigated rapidly urbanising regions in Africa and Asia, as well as in mature urban regions in the Americas and Europe to explore how the physical and social are interconnected in cities. Other research from LSE Cities is also presented.

Habitat III Policy Unit 4 ‘Urban Governance and the New Urban Agenda’
Tuesday 18 October
Venue: R1/ Cine “Alfredo Pareja” at the venue of the Habitat III Conference, Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana “Benjamin Carrion”

Organised by the Co-Leads of the Habitat III Policy Unit 4, LSE Cities and UCLG, this three hour session consists of two panels which discuss the implications of the New Urban Agenda for different aspects of urban governance. The session acts as an inaugural forum interpreting the high-level governance ambitions of the NUA for different contexts, spheres of governments, private and third sector organisations and actors. Chaired by Emilia Saiz, Deputy Secretary General, UCLG. Confirmed speakers and panellists include: Philipp Rode, Executive Director, LSE Cities; Mónica Fein, Mayor of Rosario (Argentina); Parks Tau, President of South African Local Governments Association; Ilmar Reepalu, Councilor of Malmö (Sweden); Dieudonne Maurice Bonanet, Minister of Urbanization and Habitat, Burkina Faso; Mercè Conesa, President of the Province of Barcelona (Spain); Olivier Biancarelli, Deputy CEO, ENGIE (previously GDF-SUEZ); Rosa Pavanelli, Secretary General, Public Sector International (PSI); and Joanna Drake, Deputy Director General – DG Environment, European Commission.

Side Event
Conflicts of an Urban Age: expansion or redevelopment
Wednesday 19 October
Venue: R13 at the venue of the Habitat III Conference, Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana “Benjamin Carrion”

While urban populations have doubled in recent years, their footprint has increased nearly five-fold and density levels dropped. This panel discussion examines whether spatial planning policy can tame urban growth and what the impacts of urban form are, if any, on productivity, the environment and social inclusion. Chaired by Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the discussion draws on Urban Age research. Panellists include: Shlomo Angel, Head of Urban Expansion Program, New York University; Karen Seto, Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science, Yale University; Edgar Pieterse, Director of the African Centre for Cities; and Somik Lall, Urban and Territorial Development, Disaster Risk Management and Resilience, World Bank.

Urban Talk
Organised by the Urban Age
Date: 19 October
Venue: Teatro Nacional at the venue of the Habitat III Conference, Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana “Benjamin Carrion”

Joan Clos, Director of UN-Habitat; Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at LSE; Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology, LSE and NYU; and Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University deliver one of three evening Urban Talks, which are central to the official Habitat lll programme.

The Urban Age Programme, jointly organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, is an international investigation of the spatial and social dynamics of cities centred on an annual conference, research initiative and publication.

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