Urbanisation

The advancement of architecture is not a goal in itself but a way to improve people’s quality of life.

Alejandro Aravena

We are very aware that the battle for a better built environment is a collective effort that will require everybody’s force and knowledge. That is why we would like this Biennale to be inclusive, listening to stories, thoughts and experiences coming from different backgrounds.

Alejandro Aravena, Architect and Director of the 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice

Further information

Contact

Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
Unter den Linden 13/15
10117 Berlin

 

T. +49 (0)30 3407 4206
info.ahg@db.com

Partner

The Urban Age Programme is jointly organized by Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and LSE Cities.

For more information visit the official Urban Age website.

Event Details

The special exhibition “Report from Cities: conflicts of an urban age” occurs at Arsenale and is open to the public from 28 May to 27 November 2016.
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The conference “Shaping Cities: conflicts of an urban age” takes place at Teatro alle Tese, Arsenale in Venice on 14 and 15 July 2016.
Conference programme download

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The exhibition "Report from cities: conflicts of an urban age" is a special project of this year's Architecture Biennale.

LSE Cities’ Professor Ricky Burdett will curate one of the three special projects at the 15th Architecture Biennale to open in Venice on 28 May this year.

The cities pavilion will provide the visitor to the Biennale with insights on the major consequences of rapid urban growth experienced between 1990—2015, and how cities are responding. Exponential growth, erosion of public space, increasing inequality, rampant informalisation and environmental degradation are major impacts of a period of intense urbanisation. The global speed and scale of this transformation is unprecedented. Every hour more than 50 new residents are added to the populations of Kinshasa, Dhaka or Delhi.

 

Opening-Special Project Biennale Urban Age

Special exhibition "Report from cities: conflicts of an urban age" © Andrea Avezzu

Opening-Special Project Biennale Urban Age
Joan Clos (Secretary General, UN-Habitat III Conference), Ricky Burdett (Director Urban Age and LSE Cities, Curator of the special exhibition), Paolo Baratta (President of La Biennale di Venezia) and Ute Weiland (Deputy Managing Director of Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft) opend the special exhibition "Report from cities: conflicts of an urban age" © Jacopo Salvi

Cities in Asia and Latin America have sprawled endlessly across entire regions and their populations have grown to the size of nations; Africa is showing a similar trajectory. The exhibition, which will be housed in the Sale d'Armi in the Arsenale, will provide a context for understanding the benefits of well-considered urban planning and design on achieving more equitable and balanced cities.

In October 2016 the United Nations is hosting Habitat III, a major global event held every 20 years, which will focus on Sustainable Urban Development. This exhibition is being designed to inform the debate that will contribute to shaping a New Urban Agenda for future generations of urban leaders, policymakers and designers.

Further information

Contact

Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
Unter den Linden 13/15
10117 Berlin

 

T. +49 (0)30 3407 4206
info.ahg@db.com

Partners

Report from cities: conflicts of an urban age. A special Project of Biennale Architettura 2016 realised by La Biennale di Venezia. Curated and organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science with Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft as part of the Urban Age programme. Presented in relation to United Nations Habitat III.

 

Exhibition Details

"Report from cities: conflicts of an urban age"

 

28 May - 27 November 2016

 

Arsenale, Venice

 

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Find further information about this year's Biennale exhibitions here.

„Shaping cities – conflicts of an urban age“: Can urban planning influence the conflicts of our age?

On July 14-15, the Urban Age 'Shaping Citie s' conference brought over 40 speakers from 25 cities to Venice. Over two days and across six sessions, mayors, planners, architects, academics and commentators grappled with the dominant questions of an increasingly urban 21st century: How are cities shaped? By whom and for whom? How are their conflicts - inequality, climate change, urban growth and expansion, informality, democratic representation and urban stewardship-experienced and lived by the majority of urban dwellers? And, what can be done to make cities more tolerant, adaptable and sustainable?

Urban Age Conference in Venice
© Catarina Heeckt
During the conference, conflicts in planning, governing and further developing cities have been discussed and new options for urban integration have been examined. It is the aim of the Urban Age conference to foster a sustainable urban development, also regarding the Habitat III-conference of the United Nations in October 2016.
Urban Age Conference in Venice
© Catarina Heeckt

Please find the conference summary here: Urban Age Conference Summary

“Shaping Cities” was the 16th in a series of Urban Age conferences. Since 2005, over 6,ooo speakers and participants have participated in conferences in several rapidly growing and mature cities including Istanbul, Delhi, New York City, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, London and Johannesburg. Urban Age is a worldwide investigation into the future of cities by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Deutsche Bank' s Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft. Learn more about the Urban Age programme here.

Urban Age Conference in Venice
© Catarina Heeckt

Contact

Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
Unter den Linden 13/15
10117 Berlin

 

T. +49 (0)30 3407 4206
info.ahg@db.com

Partner

The Urban Age Programme is jointly organized by Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and LSE Cities.

Conference Details

"Shaping cities: conflicts of an urban age"

14 and 15 July 2016

Teatro alle Tese, Arsenale, Venice

 

Conference programme download

Conference summary download

1st day of the conference

2nd day of the conference