July 14, 2016

Urban Age conference “Shaping Cities” on July 14 – 15

How are cities shaped? By whom and for whom? And what can we do to make cities more tolerant, adaptable and sustainable? Over 40 speakers from 25 cities will gather at the Urban Age conference from July 14 – 15, 2016 in Venice to discuss these questions.

Urban Age conference – Mexiko City The two-day Urban Age conference (July 14 – 15), organised by the London School of Economics and the Alfred Herrhausen Society, is designed to bring the world of cities and city-makers to Venice. With hundreds of projects displayed across the city for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, it provides an ideal context to feed fresh ideas to the United Nations Habitat III conference on Sustainable Cities to be held in Quito in October 2016.

Mayors and urban leaders of Barcelona (Spain), Bogotá (Colombia), Kampala (Uganda), Venice (Italy), Paris (France) and Safed (Israel) will debate all issues relating to the topic “Shaping Cities“. They will be joint by the key players in international and national organisations including the United Nations, UN Habitat, the Cities Alliance, India’s National Institute of Urban Affairs and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

The Urban Age conference in Venice is organised around in six distinct themes:

  • Who Owns the City? What are the main political and economic forces shaping urban societies?
  • Expansion or Redevelopment? Can spatial planning tame urban growth and what are the impacts of urban form on productivity, the environment and social inclusion?
  • Adaptation and Social Integration. How do existing residents adapt to the arrival of newcomers and how can their interactions be shaped by different physical environments?
  • What Role for Architecture? How can design ingenuity be harnessed to respond to everyday social and environmental battles? What are the limits of the design profession in addressing both the scale and nature of the urban condition?
  • Scales of Intervention: a comparative overview of bottom-up and top-down approaches to urban design, repair and planning including projects from cities across the world.
  • Shaping the New Urban Agenda. What are the main messages emerging from architecture, urban design and planning for Habitat III? What forces will shape the New Urban Agenda?
The conference will take place at Teatro alle Tese, Arsenale, La Biennale di Venezia from July 14 – 15.
Register at: https://urbanage.lsecities.net/conferences/shaping-cities-venice-2016.
The conference is open for ticket-holders of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.

Urban Age “Shaping Cities“ conference will be live streamed in English and Italian: https://urbanage.lsecities.net/streaming.

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About the Urban Age conference

The Urban Age conference is a two-day event which explores the interrelationships between urban form and urban society. Jointly organised by LSE Cities and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, it is considered the most authoritative interdisciplinary conference on global urbanism, bringing together presidents, prime ministers, governors, mayors, designers, planners, academics and activists. 14 Urban Age conferences have been held since 2005 with over 6,000 speakers and participants, taking place in cities including Istanbul, Delhi, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg.