The Urban Age “Shaping Cities” conference,Teatro Alle Tese, Arsenale, Venice, July 14-15 2016

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The Urban Age “Shaping Cities” conference (July 14-15) is jointly organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft. It will be integrated with the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (28th May – 27th November 2016), the world’s most high-profile architectural event visited by over 300,000 people. Hosted by La Biennale di Venezia in the context of the Special Project “Report from Cities: Conflicts of an Urban Age”and in partnership with United Nations Habitat III, the conference will investigate how people, institutions, policymakers, investors and designers affect the physical form of cities, and how this impacts on the way we live in them.

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THURSDAY, 14 JULY 2016: 10.30 – 18.00


WHO OWNS THE CITY?

This session will explore the main political and economic forces shaping urban societies, including tensions between public ownership and private investment, the impact of global inequality and social unrest, and the politics of land and property. Can city leaders promote social equity? Is it possible to balance the forces of global capital with local rights? Can the market be steered to deliver socially desirable outcomes?

Speakers include:
Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona
Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy-Mayor of Paris
Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University, New York
Ed Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Judit Carrera, Director, the European Prize for Urban Public Space at the CCCB, Barcelona
Tony Travers, Director, LSE London
Anaclaudia Rossbach, Regional Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, Cities Alliance
Yolande Barnes, Head of World Research, Savills Real Estate, London

EXPANSION OR REDEVELOPMENT?

While urban populations have doubled in recent years, their footprint has increased nearly five-fold and density levels dropped. Despite the popularity of the compact city model among policymakers, academics and planners, cities across the world continue to sprawl with little control. This session will examine whether spatial planning can tame urban growth and what the impacts of urban form are, if any, on productivity, the environment and social inclusion.

Speakers include:
Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN Habitat
Mark Swilling, Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Shlomo Angel, Head of Urban Expansion Program, New York University
Serge Salat, President, Urban Morphology and Complex Systems Institute, Paris
Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogotá
Jennifer Musisi, Executive Director, Kampala Capital City Authority
Philipp Rode, Executive Director, LSE Cities
Anaclaudia Rossbach, Regional Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, Cities Alliance

ADAPTATION AND SOCIAL INTEGRATION 

As cities grow, their physical and social fabrics change. Traditional urban systems are replaced by new typologies and new forms of negotiation. Open systems which promote integration and access are increasingly replaced by closed ones which prioritise exclusion and fragmentation. This session will explore how existing residents adapt to the arrival of newcomers – people of different economic classes, ethnic groups and political allegiances – and how their interactions can be shaped by different physical environments.

Speakers include:
Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology, LSE and NYU
AbdouMaliq Simone, Research Professor, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany
Rahul Mehrotra, Principal, RMA Architects, Mumbai and Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy-Mayor of Paris
Suzi Hall, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Senior Research Associate, LSE Cities, LSE
Caroline Kihato, Senior Research Fellow at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Tessa Jowell, Professor of Practice, LSE; former UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Jose Castillo, Principal, a911, Mexico City

FRIDAY, 15 JULY 2016: 10.30 – 18.00


URBAN SOLUTIONS: WHAT ROLE FOR ARCHITECTURE?

This session expands to the urban dimension the themes addressed by the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, “Reporting from the Front,” which explores how design ingenuity can be harnessed to respond to everyday social and environmental battles. By involving some of the key participants in the exhibition, speakers will investigate how aesthetics can be integrated with social purpose and how design creativity can be put at the service of our most basic human needs, questioning the limits of the design profession in addressing both the scale and nature of the urban condition.

Speakers include: 
Alejandro Aravena, Director, 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, Co-Founder, Elemental, Santiago, Chile
Rahul Mehrotra, Principal, RMA Architects, Mumbai and Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Kunlé Adeyemi, Founder and Principal, NLÉ, Lagos
Ricky Burdett, Director LSE Cities and Urban Age
Jo Coenen, Director, IBA Parkstad; former Chief Government Architect of the Netherlands

SCALES OF INTERVENTION (1): SOLUTIONS FROM BELOW

Following on from the previous debate, this double session will highlight and compare the impact of different scales of urban intervention with a series of short presentations of small-scale and large-scale projects.

Speakers include:
Julia King, Architectural Designer and Urban Researcher, Delhi and London 
Rozana Montiel, Founder and Principal, Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura, Mexico City
Jo Noero, Founder and Principal, Noero Architects; Professor of Architecture, University of Cape Town
Ilan Shohat, Mayor of Safed, Israel
Amica Dall, Director, Assemble Architects, London
Max Schwitalla, Founder, Studio Schwitalla, Berlin
Sean Anderson, Curator, Insecurities Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, India
Philipp Rode, Executive Director, LSE Cities

SCALES OF INTERVENTION (2): SOLUTIONS FROM ABOVE

Speakers include:
Ed Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Kees Christiaanse, Founder KCAP, Rotterdam; Future Cities Laboratory, ETH Zurich and Singapore
Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs at Kingdom of the Netherlands
Jose Castillo, Principal, a911, Mexico City
Andy Altman, Principal, Streetscape Partners, Washington, DC; former Chief Executive, Olympic Park Legacy Company
Sue Parnell, Professorof Urban Geography, University of Cape Town
Stefano Recalcati, Curator, Special Project, Reporting from Marghera and OtherWaterfronts, La Biennale di Venezia

SHAPING THE NEW URBAN AGENDA

By 2030, the global urban population will reach 5 billion; by 2050, it will exceed 6 billion. The Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016 aims to outline a New Urban Agenda to shape urban policymaking over the coming decades. This final session will discuss the main messages emerging from architecture, urban design and planning for Habitat III. What forces will shape the New Urban Agenda and how? What issues should be on the table in Quito and beyond?

Speakers include:
Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogotá
Jennifer Musisi, Executive Director, Kampala Capital City Authority
Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, India
Sue Parnell, Professor, African Centre for Cities
Ilaria Boniburini, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the South Africa Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning, University of the Witwatersrand
Julia Black, Pro-Director for Research, LSE
Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Ricky Burdett, Director LSE Cities and Urban Age
Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN Habitat

 

Urban Age Shaping Cities is jointly organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft. It is hosted by La Biennale di Venezia in association with Habitat lll, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Developmentthat will be held in Quito Ecuador on 17–20 October 2016.

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