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LSE Cities present architecture exhibition at Venice Biennale

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LSE Cities’ have presented one of the three Special Projects featured at the 2016 Architecture Biennale in Venice.

Conflicts of an Urban Age is dedicated to the themes of urbanisation. The exhibition explains the consequences of the rapid urban growth that has taken place between 1990 and 2015, and presents ways to make cities more equitable and sustainable in future.

Professor Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and curator of the exhibition with a LSE Cities team, says: “In the short time span of 25 years, cities have grown larger and more quickly than ever before. Fishing villages have been transformed into megacities, while deserts have become urban playgrounds.”

Some cities have grasped the opportunity to plan and grow more equitably; others have suffered sprawl and unplanned growth.”

But we can't solve the challenges cities face without understanding the social, political and cultural context. Building cities for a billion people over the next decades is an opportunity to plan to get things right by accommodating future growth, or get them wrong by imposing inflexible solutions.”

The 15th International Exhibition of Architecture of La Biennale di Venezia will run from May 28 to November 27, 2016, in the Giardini, the Arsenale, and other venues around Venice. The Biennale provides an opportunity for architects and designers to showcase new projects and ideas.

For over a decade, the Urban Age has investigated the relationship between the physical form of cities and the social dynamics within them, with Conflicts of an Urban Age drawing on this research.

The next Urban Age conference will also be held in Venice in July 2016.

Posted 1 June 2016