PORTAL Urban@LSE

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Urban studies and research at LSE
Urban@LSE is a portal for masters and doctoral teaching and for research activities on cities and urban issues across LSE. It aims to provide a resource for faculty, researchers and graduate students across the School, as well as an overview of urban teaching and research at LSE for prospective students and other visitors.

As an international centre of excellence in the social sciences, LSE has a long-standing commitment to an innovative understanding of urban society. LSE has a distinctive concentration of urban specialists in a number of disciplinary areas, and is an unrivalled centre for postgraduate study in the area of city design, urban and regional planning, urbanisation and development, and the economic, social, political and policy aspects of contemporary urban life. See contents panel for links to masters and PhD programmes on offer.

ONLINE, MEDIA Comments on the Olympics in London and their impact on communities

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Vice Magazine’s ‘Guide to the Olympics,’ a 30-minute documentary (in four parts, starting here: http://www.vice.com/rule-britannia/the-vice-guide-to-the-olympics-part-1 ), offers, among other more sensationalist bits, interviews with residents of Carpenter’s Estate in the Borough of Newham, living on the ‘doorstep’ of the Games. The documentary also features author Iain Sinclair ( http://www.iainsinclair.org.uk/tag/2012-olympics/ ), who argues that the Olympics represent ‘degeneration rather than regeneration’ for communities in East London [see also: http://www.npr.org/2012/07/25/156866851/sinclair-rejects-olympic-excess-in-ghost-milk ].

Laura Falender
H-Urban List Editor
PhD fellow in History
University of Oslo

PUB, JOURNAL Sustain. 2012/26 Active Transportation. University of Kentucky. The Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development

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“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel.the picture of free untrammeled womanhood.”

Susan B. Anthony, 1896

For the past few years, I have been thinking of whether cities can survive if they depend almost solely on being car dependent. Cities that are doing well provide a lot of transportation options – San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. I think cities that survive will create greater opportunities for active transportation and those that don’t accommodate walkers, bikers, scooters, buses and subways will die when gas hits $5 to $10 a gallon. We just released a special edited issue of _Sustain: Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Issues_ that has a focus on urban active transportation – walking and biking as a means of creating better health, cleaner air and new economic opportunities.
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INTERVIEW “City Life: Dichotomies in an Urbanizing India”: Q&A with Ananya Roy

“City Life: Dichotomies in an Urbanizing India”: Q&A with Ananya Roy

According to the 2011 census, India’s urban growth has surpassed rural growth for the first time in 90 years. This population shift from rural to urban areas underscores the impact of globalized economic progress on Indian society and highlights socio-economic differences. Consequently, urbanization has led to hasty attempts at fixing disparities, such as to develop informal housing sectors, readdress politics in expanding cities, and relocate urban poor.

In an interview with NBR, Ananya Roy (University of California, Berkeley) discusses the impact of India’s move toward urbanization on city planning and design, economic growth, urban politics and what this trend implies for growing metropolises globally.

Read the full interview for insights on the following issues:
– How urbanization could transform Indian politics
– The role of informality in the Indian context and its relationship to class
– How India can look to other Asian cities and even Brazil as inspiration for its urban policy

Link: http://m.nbr.org/N1jBGN

Tracy Timmons-Gray
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)
Seattle, WA

WEBSITE The Culture of Suburbs

The Leverhulme Trust funded Cultures of the Suburbs International Research Network is pleased to announce the launch of its new website at
http://suburbs.exeter.ac.uk

The Network is a partnership between the Universities of Exeter and Kingston (UK), Witwatersrand (South Africa), Hofstra (USA), Griffith (Australia) and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. It aims to further the scholarly, professional and public understanding of the cultures of the modern (post-1900) suburbs through international and interdisciplinary research. Launched in 2011, the project’s interests are transhistorical, international and cross-disciplinary. The Network facilitates research, organises events and conferences and fosters collaboration between scholars, community groups, professionals and other interested parties.

The website is an important feature of the Network and hosts a wealth of online information about suburban cultural studies for scholars, professional groups and local communities.
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RESEARCH PROJECT: SCIBE Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment – A Research Project funded by HERA

http://www.scibe.eu/

SCIBE explores the relationship between scarcity and creativity in the context of the built environment by investigating how conditions of scarcity might affect the creativity of the different actors involved in the production of architecture and urban design, and how design-led actions might improve the built environment in the future. The research is based on the analysis of processes in four European cities: London, Oslo, Reykjavik, and Vienna. More details of the project can be found here.

ONLINE: UrbanPortal

http://urbanportal.org

The Urban Portal is an online hub designed to provide experts and non-experts easy access to current research and resources on urban issues. The Portal is a core project of the University of Chicago Urban Network, an emerging community of scholars and others that aims to spur innovation in the study of urban processes and to encourage interdisciplinary discourse in urban research, theory, and policy.