Urban Age Virtual, December 16, 2020

Series launch: Urban Age Debates – cities in the 2020s

A global investigation of the urban future after 2020: The Urban Age programme of LSE Cities and Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft invites you to the Urban Age Debates, a series of five virtual events between January and July 2021

The COVID 19 pandemic has fundamentally challenged the nature of cities. The closure of borders and businesses and social distancing are having an impact in almost all cities worldwide and are threatening urban life as we know it. A reassessment of issues such as density, urban economy, mobility, governance and sustainability could be the result. To address these new challenges, the Urban Age programme is initiating the “Urban Age Debates”, a series of five events between January and July 2021 - a global survey of the urban future after 2020.

This new initiative is structured around the series of live virtual events, complemented by short videos featuring key urban actors, new data on city dynamics and surveys on how we may live, work, play and move in the post-2020 city.

The Urban Age Debates will focus on what could and should happen in relation to five defining themes that have emerged as central for cities in the 2020s:

19th January 2021
Socialising Remote Work
Will changing patterns in knowledge work reduce or amplify the human need to meet in cities?

27th April 2021
Humanising the City
Can the design of domestic and urban space promote cohesion and healthier lifestyles? 

20th May 2021
Localising Transport
Towards the 15-minute city or the one-hour metropolis?

June 2021
Embracing Urban Culture
Is the spectacle and unexpected in urban life at risk as cities become overregulated and commodified?

July 2021
Rationalising Shopping
Are new patterns of consumption an opportunity for reinventing urbanity?

These will include leading urbanist, author and academic Richard Florida, artificial intelligence strategist Ayesha Khanna and business executive Janina Kugel; the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and urban leaders from Asian, Latin American and African cities; innovation and public value economist Mariana Mazzucato and pro-density author and urban researcher Edward Glaeser; award-winning designer Thomas Heatherwick and other leading architects and planners. All public sessions will be moderated by experienced media commentators including Camilla Cavendish, contributing editor of the Financial Times, and Jon Snow, anchor of Channel 4 News.  

Updates, further details and information on participation can be found in our social media or on this website.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Elisabeth Mansfeld.