Project Areas

Urbanisation

The Urban Age Programme is a worldwide investigation into the future of cities, organized by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft. Since 2005, the Urban Age has studied the spatial and social dynamics of over 40 cities in the developed and developing world, collaborated with over 50 academic institutions and municipal authorities and been attended by over 6,500 speakers and participants from urban design, policymaking, research and practice. Urban Age conferences have taken place in New York, Shanghai, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Berlin, Mumbai, São Paulo, Istanbul, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Rio de Janeiro, Delhi and 2016 hosted at the Venice Architecture Biennale. 

Over the past 12 years the program has established a global network of urbanists, an applied research formula with considerable global impact, a successful and unique conference format and a strong and globally recognized brand.

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Many of the Urban Age’s core messages have been mainstreamed far beyond urbanism and are, for example, now directly or indirectly considered in the post-2015 Development Agenda with its dedicated ‘Urban Sustainable Development Goals’, in the New Habitat III’s New Urban Agenda and in the latest IPCC report in its chapter on Human Settlements.

The Urban Age Program is an initiative of Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, its longest running and, to date, its most successful program. 

Further information

Contact

Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
Elisabeth Mansfeld
Urbanisation


T. +49 (0)30 3407 3402
elisabeth.mansfeld@db.com

Urban Age Partner

Our partner in the Urban Age Program is LSE Cities. LSE Cities is an international centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science that carries out research, education and outreach activities in London and abroad. For more information, please refer to their website: http://www.lse.ac.uk/LSE-Cities

Planned key activities in 2018:

On invitation only

 

March 2018
Urban Africa: beyond development as usual (German – African Exchange), Berlin

 

November 2018
Urban Age Conference in Addis Abeba

Urban Age grew out of an academic teaching and research program established at the London School of Economics in 1997. Its objective is to combine high-quality international research with an interdisciplinary discussion amongst the key actors who shape and inhabit cities undergoing significant urban growth and change, with profound social, economic and environmental consequences. We speak to decision-makers and shapers of the future from the fields of politics and economics, the media and civil society – at a national and international level.

Be international, and work with local partners and agencies: In today’s globalized world, a program that is international has the capacity to generate greater interest and for greater success. While operating internationally, it is important to have enough regard for local knowledge, customs and practices and choosing local partners well, as ensuring that they have enough of a stake in the programme is critical to its success. 

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Urban Age Analytics

Urban Age Analytics 

Urban Age collects and analyses a standard set of comparative data on global urbanization and cities around the world and presents them in provocative graphic forms. This includes charting and mapping residential and employment density, transport infrastructure, administrative boundaries and urban footprints, and charting urban governance, population demographics and employment sectors. Of particular relevance to rapidly urbanizing regions are:

  • Density
  • Demography and fertility
  • Infrastructure needs
  • Suburbanization of the countryside

For more Urban Age Analytics, please click here

Further information

Contact

Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
Elisabeth Mansfeld
Urbanisation


T. +49 (0)30 3407 3402
elisabeth.mansfeld@db.com

Urban Age Partner

Our partner in the Urban Age Program is LSE Cities. LSE Cities is an international centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science that carries out research, education and outreach activities in London and abroad. For more information, please refer to their website: http://www.lse.ac.uk/LSE-Cities

Planned key activities in 2018:

On invitation only

 

March 2018
Urban Africa: beyond development as usual (German – African Exchange), Berlin

 

November 2018
Urban Age Conference in Addis Abeba

There is a considerable knowledge gap on the most rapidly urbanizing regions, many of them located in Sub-Saharan African countries. The Urban Age’s two year focus on Africa will elucidate on urbanization in the world’s second largest continent. The program is well positioned to bring together international research and outreach activities inquiring about some of the most relevant characteristics of urbanism in Africa, while drawing on expertise from a global network of cities and urban research institutions.

During 2017, city visits and workshops held in several Sub-Saharan African cities have already established contacts and tested the robustness of research themes and helped increase an understanding of rapid and recent urbanization. In 2018, Urban Age addresses sub-themes and established a broader information base as part of the program’s African Urban Age analytics. Urban Age analytics allows for a comparison with other Urban Age cities around the world.

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Urban Age Africa will concentrate on the three research issues ‘urban density and productivity’, ‘urban development, informality and inequality’ and ‘technology and digitalization in transport’. For more information, please check our website for updates or refer to LSE Cities at https://lsecities.net/ua/

Further information

Contact

Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
Elisabeth Mansfeld
Urbanisation


T. +49 (0)30 3407 3402
elisabeth.mansfeld@db.com

Urban Age Partner

Our partner in the Urban Age Program is LSE Cities. LSE Cities is an international centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science that carries out research, education and outreach activities in London and abroad. For more information, please refer to their website: http://www.lse.ac.uk/LSE-Cities

Planned key activities in 2018:

On invitation only

 

March 2018
Urban Africa: beyond development as usual (German – African Exchange), Berlin

 

November 2018
Urban Age Conference in Addis Abeba

The major impact of Urban Age has been to generate what has now become an authoritative voice on urban research and to bring together influential thinkers and practitioners to reflect on the future of the city. Major publications (which have sold over 30,000 copies), high-profile exhibitions (visited by over 400,000 people) a popular website (1 million visits) and a growing social media network (1,500 followers) are the result of a sustained program of research on major global cities including New York, Shanghai, London, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Berlin, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Chicago and Hong Kong, and others.

In all these cities, two-day long conferences attended by nearly 4,000 participants have been held since 2004, bringing together national presidents and city mayors, with urban activists, scholars, architects and planners.

Over the last 13 years an invaluable network has been established with municipal governments, research institutions and business organizations in all these, and other city regions. In most cases the Urban Age has made personal connections with key leaders in the business, political and academic communities, with on-going relationships which affect future research and policy decisions by some of the most important cities in the world.

Further information

Contact

Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
Elisabeth Mansfeld
Urbanisation


T. +49 (0)30 3407 3402
elisabeth.mansfeld@db.com

Urban Age Partner

Our partner in the Urban Age Program is LSE Cities. LSE Cities is an international centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science that carries out research, education and outreach activities in London and abroad. For more information, please refer to their website: http://www.lse.ac.uk/LSE-Cities

Planned key activities in 2018:

On invitation only

 

March 2018
Urban Africa: beyond development as usual (German – African Exchange), Berlin

 

November 2018
Urban Age Conference in Addis Abeba