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Cities – Ricky Burdett


Can planners adapt with sufficient speed to create policies which address the challenges we face? There seems to be a disconnect between the complexity of challenges of the urban age and our current set of solutions.

Professor Richard Burdett – London School of Economics

Ricky is Centennial Professor in Architecture and Urbanism at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Director of the Urban Age Programme and founding director of the LSE Cities Programme. He recently co-curated the Global Cities exhibition at the Tate Modern in London. His latest appointment is as Principal Design Adviser for the London 2012 Olympics. Previously he was architectural adviser to the Mayor of London from 2001 – 2006, a member of the Greater London Authority’s Architecture + Urbanism Unit and sat on the City of Barcelona’s Quality Committee. Ricky was founder of the 9H Gallery and the Architecture Foundation in London and has been a key player in promoting design excellence amongst public and private sector organisations in the UK and Europe. He was Director of the 2006 Architecture Biennale in Venice on the subject of ‘Cities: architecture and society’ and was chairman of the Jury for the 2007 Mies van der Rohe Prize.

Read Ricky’s views on the Future of Cities

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