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Urban Age public lectures at LSE

A series of events exploring urban development and organised by the Urban Age Project will be held at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in June. [Update: Please note that Richard Sennett's lecture is now Thursday 31 May rather than the originally advertised Tuesday 12 June. LSE apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.]

Professor Richard Sennett|, Professor at LSE, Hari Sankaram|, Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Ltd, Professor Gerald Frug|, Harvard University and Professor Saskia Sassen|, Centennial Professor at LSE and Professor, Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University will examine how a range of issues can affect urban development, including financing sustainable urban development to the rule of law and global warming.

The Architecture of Justice

Speaker: Professor Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at LSE
Chair: Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum
Updated: Thursday 31 May, 6.30-8pm
New Theatre, East Building

Modern capitalism is generating new forms of inequality and injustice in cities. Could design address these issues, and if it could, what would happen to architecture as an art?
http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/LSEPublicLecturesAndEvents/events/2007/20070328t1514z001.htm| 

Financing Sustainable Urban Development

Speaker: Hari Sankaran, managing director of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Ltd
Monday 4 June, 6.30-8pm
New Theatre, East Building

Financing urban development and infrastructure requires consistent strategic planning. While urban planning adjusts to flexible, short-term and incremental implementation, cities rely on long-term visions. How can capital intense investments become socially and financially sustainable given this critical long-term perspective?
http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/LSEPublicLecturesAndEvents/events/2007/20070328t1455z001.htm| 

Is the 'Rule of Law' Good for Cities?

Speaker: Professor Gerald Frug, Louis D Brandeis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and visiting professor at LSE
Chair: Tony Travers, Director, Greater London Group at LSE
Tuesday 5 June, 6.30-8pm
New Theatre, East Building

There is a widespread consensus that urban development has to be based on the rule of law. But what is 'the rule of law'? Does it inhibit - or encourage - the privatisation of urban space? Does it require the abolition of informal settlements and businesses or allow them? This lecture will investigate how the contested notion of the rule of law contributes to thinking about urban form.
http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/LSEPublicLecturesAndEvents/events/2007/20070328t1502z001.htm| 

Global Warming and the Political Economy of Cities

Speaker: Professor Saskia Sassen, Centennial Visiting Professor at LSE and Professor, Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University
Chair: Ricky Burdett, Centennial Professor in Architecture and Urbanism at LSE
Monday 11 June, 6.30-8pm
New Theatre, East Building

Global warming will fundamentally alter the political economy of cities. A large number of cities will be in the front line of the most massive onslaughts of these changes. What do engineers and architects already know about how we can adjust our built environments? And how can ecological economists help to take us beyond the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change?
http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/LSEPublicLecturesAndEvents/events/2007/20070328t1511z001.htm| 

The Architecture of Justice

Speaker: Professor Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at LSE
Chair: Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum
Tuesday 12 June, 6.30-8pm
New Theatre, East Building

Modern capitalism is generating new forms of inequality and injustice in cities. Could design address these issues, and if it could, what would happen to architecture as an art?
http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/LSEPublicLecturesAndEvents/events/2007/20070328t1514z001.htm| 

All the above events are in the New Theatre, East Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. They are all free and open to all with no ticket required.

CANCELLED - Please note that the previously advertised first lecture in the series, on Thursday 31 May with Professor Arjun Appadurai, has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. LSE apologises for any inconvenience and disappointment caused.

Ends

To request a press seat for any of the above events, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes

The Urban Age Project
Urban Age's principal aim is to shape the thinking and practice of urban leaders and sustainable urban development. Initiated by the Cities Programme at LSE and Deutsche Bank's Alfred Herrhausen Society, Urban Age is structured around international and multidisciplinary events and research supporting the creation of a new urban agenda for global cities. See http://www.urban-age.net/| 

Updated 24 May 2007 [posted 16 May 2007]

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