UCL Urban Laboratory


Urban Salon: Mega-Urbanization in the Global South

17 May 2017, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Urban Salon

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King's College London, Pyramid Room, 4th floor, K4U.04, King's Building, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS

With contributions from an international range of established and emerging scholars drawing upon real-world examples, Mega-Urbanization in the Global South (Routledge, 2016) is the first to use the lens of speed to examine the postcolonial 'urban revolution'. From the mega-urbanization of Lusaka, to the production of satellite cities in Jakarta, to new cities built from scratch in Masdar, Songdo and Rajarhat, this book argues that speed is now the persistent feature of a range of utopian visions that seek to expedite the production of new cities. 

No booking required, please just turn up.


18.00 Phil Hubbard (KCL) to introduce

18.10 Ayona Datta (KCL) - introduction to the themes and debates of the book

18.25 Hyun Bang Shin (LSE) - reflect upon your chapter in the context of the themes and debates of the book

18.35 Commentary from Catalina Ortiz (DPU, UCL)

18.50 Commentary from KCL PhD student - Liu Dong (KCL)

19.00 Open discussion and Q&A

19.30 Drinks and nibbles