Books by LSE Cities authors


Shaping Cities in an Urban Age

Shaping Cities in an Urban Age is the third addition to Phaidon's hugely successful Urban Age series. This richly illustrated volume brings together authoritative research and fresh insights that explain the complexities of urbanisation. With 37 essays by leading policy-makers, practitioners and scholars, the publication offers new perspectives on the dynamics of urban change.



The Quito Papers and the New Urban Agenda

In 2015, the governments of the UN adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in 2016 they adopted the New Urban Agenda. However, the question of how these Agendas will be pursued concretely remains. The purpose of The Quito Papers and the New Urban Agenda is to start a discussion that both challenges this status quo and opens up new lines of enquiry. 



Building and Dwelling

Rich with arguments that speak directly to our moment – a time when more humans live in urban spaces than ever before – Building and Dwelling draws on Richard Sennett’s deep learning and intimate engagement with city life to form a bold and original vision for the future of cities.



Governing Compact Cities: How to Connect Planning, Design and Transport

Governing Compact Cities investigates how governments and other critical actors organise to enable compact urban growth, combining higher urban densities, mixed use and urban design quality with more walkable and public transport-oriented urban development. Philipp Rode draws on empirical evidence from London and Berlin to examine how urban policymakers, professionals and stakeholders have worked across disciplinary silos, geographic scales and different time horizons since the early 1990s. 



The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City 

The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City focuses on the dynamics and disruptions of the contemporary city in relation to capricious processes of global urbanisation, mutation and resistance.  An international range of scholars engage with emerging urban conditions and inequalities in experimental ways, speaking to new ideas of what constitutes the urban, highlighting empirical explorations and expanding on contributions to policy and design.



Transforming Urban Economies: Policy Lessons from European and Asian Cities

Transforming Urban Economies: Policy Lessons from European and Asian Cities is the first in an ongoing series of research volumes by LSE Cities.It presents a fine-grained and comprehensive analysis of how Barcelona, Turin, Munich and Seoul have transformed their economies in the last 20 years, and examines their comparative patterns of decline, adaptation and recovery in the face of economic hardship.



City, Street and Citizen

City, Street and Citizen, published by Routledge, is a fine-grained account of accelerated urban change and focuses on the lived realities of participation and belonging in an increasingly diverse and disparate urban milieu. Based on the author’s PhD thesis, the book engages with near and far views of a south London street and draws on history, everyday life, global forces and small spaces to reveal the life and livelihoods of the Walworth Road.



Living the Endless City

By 2050, around three quarters of the world’s population will live in cities, and this ongoing shift in how we live poses fundamental challenges to human life across the globe. Based on the Urban Age ProgrammeLiving in the Endless City is a close look at the issues that affect cities, and thus people around the world, in the twenty-first century. 



Urban Regeneration and Social Sustainability 

Urban regeneration is a key focus for public policy throughout Europe. This book examines social sustainability and analyses its meaning and significance – an area of research which has, until now, been comparatively neglected. The authors offer a comprehensive European perspective to identify best practice in sustainable urban regeneration in five major cities in Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, and the UK.



The Endless City

The Endless City presents a unique survey of the contemporary city at the beginning of the 21st century. It includes a wealth of material that has emerged from a sequence of six conferences held by influential figures in the field of urban development and its related disciplines, and examines the requisite tools for creating a thriving modern city.