Urban Age Electric City Conference
The eleventh Urban Age conference took place in central London on 6-7 December 2012. This year the conference focused on the ‘Electric City’ – a detailed investigation of how the combined forces of technological innovation and the global environmental crisis are affecting urban society.
Organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, and supported by the Mayor of London, the two-day event explored a number of themes that connect technology, the environment and cities. Speakers were asked to tackle the social dimension of technological change, addressing questions of adaptation and change in individual and collective behaviour. The objective of the Urban Age Electric City conference – and the research leading up to it – is to provide a fresh perspective on how to accelerate the current sociotechnical transition of cities in order to more effectively respond to the urgent environmental and economic challenges.
LSE Cities investigates the links between social and physical dimensions of cities. Over the last year, the research has focused on the environment and climate change in a series of projects that investigate how cities are becoming more innovative in promoting the green agenda. Some of this research is summarised in the data section of the Urban Age Electric City newspaper, providing a global overview of energy consumption and pollution patterns and detailed comparisons of density, transport and governance between established Urban Age cities – London, New York, Berlin, Istanbul, Mumbai and São Paulo – and a selection of ‘green pioneer’ cities – Hong Kong, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Portland, Singapore and Bogotá.
The Electric City newspaper contains also a number of articles written by conference’s speakers.