Urban Age Conference: City Transformations
Rio de Janeiro, 24-25 October 2013
Organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, the 2013 Urban Age conference will investigate the impact of large scale urban development projects on the social, economic, political and physical make-up of cities.
The conference will be held in the Olympic City of Rio de Janeiro in October 2013 and will act as a platform for exchange and debate amongst over 150 policy-makers, academics, urban designers, architects, and representatives of NGOs and local community groups building on the Urban Age’s network established through previous conferences held since 2005 in New York, Shanghai, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Berlin, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Chicago, Hong Kong and London.
Speakers from global cities and local representatives from Rio de Janiero will exchange experiences on the design, management and delivery of a number of significant projects that are having a positive impact on the transformation of the cities they inhabit. In addition to investigations of on-going projects in Rio surrounding the Olympics site, the Bus Rapid Transit system and favelas improvement programme, the conference will feature international projects including the Olympic Games and Legacy project in London; the HafenCity and IBA initiatives in Hamburg; the waterfront redevelopments and urban improvements in New York City, Buenos Aires and Hong Kong; the regeneration of Dharavi and other projects in Mumbai; and public transport initiatives in Bogota, Medellin and Copenhagen.
The sixth Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award will be presented in Rio de Janeiro to coincide with the Urban Age Conference, and this year will recognise a project located in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro. An independent jury drawn from an international community of urban leaders and designers as well as business, media and civic actors will evaluate all submissions and determine the winner of the $100,000 prize. For full details on the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award, click here.