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'Urban Redevelopment: New York, London & Amsterdam'
With Susan Fainstein (Harvard Graduate School of Design)
Thursday 14 May
The Cities Group Annual Lecture
17.30-19.00 | Edmond Safra LT, KCL Main Building, Strand
Followed by a wine reception in the Department of Geography, 4th Floor, South Range, KCL
Please direct all enquiries to Rob Imrie: rob.imrie[at]kcl.ac.uk
Recently these three global cities have embarked on large-scale projects to transform neighbourhoods into mixed-use developments. The efforts have required major commitments of public funds. Although some of the investments, especially in infrastructure, can be rationalised as benefiting a wide public, the bulk of them primarily support the already well-to-do and fail according to criteria of increasing social justice. Alternative approaches to redevelopment would conform better to the norms of the just city.
Susan Fainstein is Professor of Planning in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, USA. She has also taught at Columbia and Rutgers Universities and been a visiting professor at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Witwatersrand. Widely regarded as a leading figure in the field of urban planning, Professor Fainstein's teaching and research focuses on the politics and economics of urban redevelopment, tourism, comparative urban and social policy, planning theory, and issues of gender and planning. Her authored books include Urban Political Movements (Prentice-Hall, 1974), Restructuring the City (Longman, 1986), and The City Builders: Property, Politics and Planning in London and New York (University Press of Kansas, 2001). She is currently writing a book on the Just City. In 2004 she received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, in recognition of excellence in scholarship, teaching and service.
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