Conflicts of an Urban Age, now exhibited in Berlin at BOX Freiraum from 21 June to 29 July 2017, was first developed as a Special Project for the 2016 International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 14:00 to 18:00.
Cities occupy less than 1% of global land, but generate over two-thirds of the world’s economic output. They are the stage-sets for social opportunity and social inequality. While some cities are pioneering sustainable and imaginative solutions, many are not. New city forms are also emerging, with profound social and environmental consequences for billions of urban dwellers.
The Urban Age, a research project jointly organised by LSE Cities at the The London School of Economics and Political Science — LSE and Deutsche Bank's Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, has been exploring the conflicts that lie behind this new urban reality for over a decade. This exhibition describes how seven cities – Addis Ababa, Berlin, Istanbul, London, Mexico City, Mumbai and Shanghai – have changed over the last 25 years. It foregrounds individual narratives on how the physical environment has adapted to societal change and presents data on the urban dynamics that affect people’s lives. It features select examples of ‘incremental’ and ‘instant’ urbanism that are shaping and shaped by the conflicts and tensions of the contemporary city. In addition, Urban Age research provides a comparative overview of how cities across the world are organised, planned and managed.