Event November 23, 2015

Steering Urban Growth: can planning and architecture manage?

November 23, 2015
18:30 – 20:00 GMT
Venue: London School of Economics, Sheikh Zayed Lecture Theatre
The event will be live-streamed and presentations will be available on the website www.lsecities.net 

Caracas, Venezuela, Image courtesy of U-TT at ETH Zürich Caracas, Venezuela
© Image courtesy of U-TT at ETH Zürich

More urban areas will be constructed during first three decades of this century than all of history, placing enormous pressure on politicians, planners and architects. If properly steered, urban growth can drive wealth creation through improved productivity, better planning and greater equity. The reality of the urban condition, instead, reveals that in many parts of the world urbanisation has become more spatially fragmented, les environmentally responsive and more socially divisive.

Cities have become more sprawled and less dense. Do planners have the political mandate to steer urbanisation in a sustainable direction? The head of UN Habitat Joan Clos, who is coordinating the world’s most influential urban policy convention Habitat III in 2016, will exchange global experiences with practicing architects and researchers to identify whether the design and planning professions are up to the task of designing a new generation of cities that contribute to wealth creation and social equity.


Ute Weiland, Deputy Director, Alfred Herrhausen Society


Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN Habitat, Secretary-General of the Habitat III Conference
Alejandro Aravena, Founder Elemental, Santiago, Chile and Director, Venice Architecture Biennale, 2016


Beatrice Galilee, Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies and Director, LSE Cities/Urban Age, London School of Economics and Political Science


José Castillo, Principal, Arquitectura 911sc, Mexico City and Visiting Professor Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Global Debates series to celebrate ten years of the Urban Age programme

LSE Cities and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, in association with Guardian Cities, is holding a series of public Global Debates to celebrate ten years of the Urban Age programme. The debates will discuss five core themes that have been the focus of research and debate at the Urban Age since 2005.

Overview Events:

The Politics of Equity: who owns the city?
November 25, 2015 18:30 - 20:00 GMT

Designing Urban Infrastructure: investing for now or tomorrow?
November 26, 2015 18:30 - 20:00 GMT

Narratives of Inclusion: can cities help us live together?
Thursday 3,2015 18:30 - 20:00 GMT


About Urban Age

Not unlike urbanisation itself, the Urban Age project is about the flows of ideas, people, information and resources.
At its centre lies the intellectual question of how the physical and social are interconnected in cities.

By investigating the urban dynamics in different regions of the world – with vastly diverse patterns, scale and speed of urbanisation – the Urban Age attempts to both chronicle and reflect on what it means to live in the contemporary city.

Since 2005, the project has held conferences in 13 different cities in four continents and developed an interdisciplinary methodology that forms the core of its research and outreach activities.

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