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LSE Cities upcoming public events

LSE Cities hosts a wide range of free events in London and internationally. Sign up to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter for regular updates. 

Tonight | Urban Governance and the New Urban Agenda
Panel discussion hosted by LSE Cities

This lecture and panel discussion will continue the conversation started at the Habitat lll Policy Unit 4 Dialogue on urban governance. Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities, will present an overview of Policy Unit 4 and its relationship to the New Urban Agenda (NUA). The panel will then explore the principal ambition of the NUA affecting the formal structures and operations of government. Unpacking the NUA’s ambition for decentralisation and the strengthening of regional and local governments, it will identify priority actions that national governments may need to take and city-level institutional responses.

The panel will include Clare Short, British politician and former Secretary of State for International Development, Sue Parnell, Urban Geographer at the University of Cape Town, Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Tony Travers, Director of LSE London.


25 February | London: Bike city? LSE Literary Festival discussion
Discussion of the LSE Cities Literary Festival series hosted by LSE Cities and LSE Sustainability Team

This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017, taking place from Monday 20 – Saturday 25 February 2017, with the theme ‘Revolutions’.

All over the country, cycling is growing fast as a spectator sport and pastime. In London, it is also booming as a transport choice, spurred on by packed tubes and shiny new cycle lanes. What’s the appeal? Physical thrill? Mindful flow? Simple practicality? Nonconformity? Our panel consider why cycling got this big and what its future is in London. Can it get too popular and are we headed for civil war on the roads? What would we need to make London a cycling utopia?

Panellists include Rachel Aldred, Reader in Transport at the University of Westminster, the author Emily Chappell, Michael Hutchinson, former professional cyclist, and the book publisher James Spackman.


25 February | The Quito Papers: towards the open city (Beijing)
Film screening and panel discussion hosted by Theatrum Mundi

“The Quito Papers” is a research collaboration between Theatrum Mundi, NYU and UN-Habitat, developed in the run-up to the United Nations Habitat III conference held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. With funding from the Kaifeng Foundation, Theatrum Mundi – based at LSE Cities and New York University – presents “The Quito Papers: towards the open city” film, directed by Dom Bagnato and Cassim Shepard, with the collaboration of filmmakers in Beijing, Karachi, Lagos, London, New York, Quito, São Paulo and Mexico City.

The film will be presented in Beijing, on February 25, 2017 with the support of the Kaifeng Foundation and be followed by a discussion with the paper’s authors.


28 March | The Well-Tempered City
Book launch hosted by LSE Cities

In this book launch, Jonathan F. P. Rose will discuss how the rapidly changing times in which we are living – the mega trends of climate change, biodiversity loss, population growth, inequality, urbanisation, globalisation, and financial influence – affect every city in the world. The talk will begin by describing the mega trends, and then the concept of temperament. Drawing first from the emergence of ancient cities, and then discussing contemporary cities, the talk  will then cover five themes to create more adaptive cities: Coherence, Circularity, Resilience, Community and Compassion.

The event will be chaired by Richard Sennett.

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