London Event May 9: London and the challenge of megacities

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Next week, London will have a new Mayor. Whether it is Sadiq Khan or Zac Goldsmith who takes City Hall, they will inherit a city facing many challenges for the future – including pollution, overcrowding and rising living costs.

So, what’s on the new Mayor’s To Do list? How can he meet the unprecedented need for housing in a city of nearly nine million people? What role can new infrastructure play in the housing and job market? And what can London learn to do, and avoid, from other global megacities?

PS21 brings together a panel with a range of experiences about many of these issues to discuss what works, what doesn’t and what we need to focus on next.

Jonn Elledge [moderator] – Editor of CityMetric and journalist at New Statesman

Emmanuel Akinwotu – Journalist who writes on Nigeria for the Guardian. He’s also written for the New Statesman, CityMetric, the New African Magazine and other publications. He’s reported from Lagos regularly over the last few years, covering politics, education and transport. He tweets @ea_akin.

Nicole Badstuber – Researcher in Transport Policy and Governance for Cities at LSE Cities (London School of Economics) and Centre for Transport Studies (University College London). Nicole works on understanding the transport governance challenges for cities and complex network of actors involved in shaping transport policy at LSE Cities, and is pursuing her doctoral thesis in models of governing transport in cities across the world and their effect on transport policy at University College London.

Barney Stringer – Director of planning and socio-economic consultancy Quod. His career spans public policy, journalism and political research, with a focus on planning, transport and economic development. He writes on cities and development at and on twitter @barneystringer

Tim Fendley – Information designer at Applied Wayfinding. Tim has been using Urban Logic to improve how people better understand places. He’s worked for many cities around the world including New York, Vancouver, Seoul, Rio de Janeiro and Toronto. Tim’s main interest has been to make sense of London, by initiating and leading the design of Legible London, a capital-wide pedestrian wayfinding scheme. He’s now advocating an information centric approach to Smart Cities.

WHEN: Monday, May 9, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

WHERE: Room S1.06 King’s College London – Strand, London, WC2R 2LS


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