The 17th Urban Age conference will focus on the development of cities in rapidly urbanising countries, convening urban experts, policymakers and practitioners from sub-Saharan Africa and other world cities.In the short time span of 25 years, cities have grown larger and more quickly than ever before. Conflicts of an Urban Age describes how six cities – Addis Ababa, Istanbul, London, Mexico City, Mumbai and Shanghai – have changed.
The Urban Age Programme, jointly organised with the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, is an international investigation of the spatial and social dynamics of cities centred on an annual conference, research initiative and publication. Since 2005, 17 conferences have been held in rapidly urbanising regions in Africa and Asia, as well as in mature urban regions in the Americas and Europe. As an event, the Urban Age catalyses the exchange of information, experiences and data across a global network of cities. The conferences operate as mobile laboratories, testing and sampling the social and physical characteristics of global cities through expert presentations and testimonials, research, site visits, mapping and informal information exchange.