Saturday 27 February 2016
The Future City: cruel or consoling Utopia? | LSE Cities Literary Festival discussion
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ
Speakers: Darran Anderson (Writer), Matthew Beaumont (Senior Lecturer, UCL), and Rachel Cooper OBE (Distinguished Professor, Lancaster University).
Chair: Richard Sennett (Professor, LSE)
The Future City, as an idea that often relies upon Utopian thinking to sustain itself, can be as cruel as it is consoling. Even as it makes possible investment into urban space as a site of future fulfillment, it regularly fails to deliver upon this promise. This panel asks what futures such Utopian thinking makes available for the city and what present realities it denies? It will query more specifically the Utopias that have come to structure London’s own particular futures. What Utopian thinking is operative, for instance, in a city so firmly structured around the logic of speculation intrinsic to finance capital? And what futures might present citizens be imagining for themselves?
This event is free to attend and open to all. E-tickets are available via LSE online store. For more information please see the event page.