Conference in London, December 6–7, 2012
Urban Age London 2012: "Electric City" (Live) Reporting
Urban Age "Electric City"
In emerging cities of the developing world, a light bulb is still embraced as a symbol of civilisation by some and while others celebrate their new-found wealth and prowess in a visual cacophony of neon. The Electric City is, in many ways, the crucible of patterns of production, consumption and pollution of the 21st century ‘urban age’ as urban leaders struggle with the impact of cities on the social and environmental well-being of the planet.
In London we welcomed over 60 speakers from 30 cities in 15 countries across four continents who took part in the two-day Urban Age Electric City conference in the aptly named Shoreditch Electric Light Station in central London – a building that in its own history reflects the connections between power and the city. The building opened as an electricity generating station in 1896 to burn rubbish, giving steam for generating electricity with the waste used to heat public baths next door. The motto above the door is ‘E Pulvere Lux Et Vis’, or ‘Out Of The Dust, Light And Power’, reflecting a trajectory of sustainable resilience that parallels the themes and issues debated by the protagonists of the Urban Age.
6-7 December 2012
London, Shoreditch Electric Light Station
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