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10 and 11 November 2006

As humanity continues to migrate to cities around the world we find ourselves entering the 'Urban Age'.

The Urban Age Summit| in Berlin on 10 and 11 November aims to address the future prospects of the city by considering issues of labour, transport, housing and urban space through a series of presentations, debates and speeches.

Photograph of Angela MerkelGerman chancellor Angela Merkel will open the Berlin Summit.

The Urban Age project is a two-year conference series organised by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the Alfred Herrhausen Society, the International Forum of Deutsche Bank.

The Summit will bring together leading urban planners as well as an international and interdisciplinary panel of experts. A number of city mayors from around the globe will come together for a panel discussion on issues of governance and the city including Anthony Williams, mayor of Washington DC, Marcelo Ebrard, mayor of Mexico City and Klaus Wowereit, mayor of Berlin.

Participants and speakers will include academics and practitioners such as Saskia Sassen, Andy Altman, Commissioner Ian Blair and representatives from each of the organising institutions such as LSE Director Howard Davies.

Urban Age director Ricky Burdett said: 'Despite significant economic difficulties, Berlin is a hive of cultural activity, drawing a young and creative crowd looking for a more affordable quality of life. Berlin's urban history is of a city beset by problems. Having suffered from the shock-wave of deindustrialisation in the aftermath of unification, Berlin is now economically poor compared to other European capitals. Directing Berlin's growth to take advantages of its strengths will be a challenge for the city and its planners.'

The Berlin Summit is the sixth in the Urban Age conference series that has visited New York, Shanghai, London, Mexico City and Johannesburg. The results of these conferences will be presented in Berlin in the hope that the organisation's cross-border network will have fostered a better understanding of the urban challenges that lie ahead for the world's growing cities. The conference series will continue for the next four years, in 2007 with India.




The director of the Urban Age is Ricky Burdett, adviser on architecture to the mayor of London; director, 10th Venice Architecture Biennale 2006 and centennial professor of architecture and urbanism at LSE.

For more information on the Urban Age project visit www.urban-age.net|  

Press cuttings

Bauwelt, Germany
Das städtische Zeitalter
(8 Dec 06)
An article about the Urban Age Berlin Summit.

6 November 2006