Feb 21st 2018


Wed., Feb. 28, 2018 | 6 pm
S. R. Crown Hall
UpperCenter Core

On "Shaping Cities,"  Burdett says, “2.5 billion more people will living in cities by 2050. The decisions we take in the next decades will affect life in cities – especially in Africa and Asia – for generations to come. Nearly 80% of the urban infrastructure that will exist in 2050 in India has yet to be built. The lecture will explore how different types of urban systems can act as straightjackets or provide more open and resilient frameworks to respond to known and unknown social and environmental challenges.”

photo by Hashim Badani

Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at LSE and Director of the Urban Age and LSE Cities, a global centre of research and teaching at LSE which received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2016-18. He is the  2018 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) Jury Chair.

Burdett is a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board, Council Member of the Royal College of Art and a Trustee of the Norman Foster Foundation. He was Director of the Venice International Architecture Biennale and Curator of the Global Cities Exhibition Tate Modern in London. He was a member of the UK Government Airport Commission (2012-2015) and a member of UK Government’s Urban Task Force. In 2014, Burdett was a Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University (2010-2014). Alongside his academic activities, Burdett acts as a consultant to national and city governments, private companies and philanthropic agencies. He was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the 2012 London Olympics and Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism, Mayor of London (2001-2006). He is co-editor of ‘Shaping Cities inan Urban Age’ (2018), ‘The SAGE Handbook of the 21 st Century’ (2017), ‘Living in the Endless City’ (2011) and ‘The Endless City’ (2007). Burdett was appointed CBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list for services to urban design and planning.