Ricky Burdett

Ricky Burdett
The London School of Economics and Political Science | LSE · LSE Cities International Centre

MSc, BA, Dip Arch


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Publications (27)
Cities house the majority of the world’s population and are the dynamic centres of 21st century life, at the heart of economic, social and environmental change. They are still beset by difficult problems but often demonstrate resilience in the face of regional and national economic decline. Faced by the combined threats of globalisation and world r...
Much of the discourse on the future of cities is trapped in a professional paradigm that focuses on the role of urban planners and policy makers, while everyday urban realities are being shaped by a very different set of informal processes and actors that are largely immune to planning and policy making. Based on the observation and analysis of pro...
Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at LSE where he is Director of the Urban Age programme, is engaged in studying cities at different scales and regional contexts. Here he looks at what gives a city like London its unique sense of scale, and how it might be possible to design in the sort of vibrancy and spatial complexity that evolve in info...
The Urban Age project is an investigation into the future of cities organized by the London School of Economics and Political Science with Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society. This investigation extends across the continents with an international and interdisciplinary network of national and local policy makers, academic experts and urban pra...
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As far as spatial layout is concerned the question of "architectural determinism" has two components: does spatial layout influence the pattern of space use and movement? and does this patterning of "spatial life" have social implications? In this paper, an attempt is made to answer the first question by, first, using space syntax to analyse generi...


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Projects (4)
Archived project
The Urban Age returns to India after a series of international conferences that have allowed us to test the temperature of cities in hotspots of urban growth and change across the world. Since the Urban Age conference in Mumbai in 2007, we have investigated questions of cities and health in Hong Kong, the jobs and economy in Chicago, the smartness of smart cities in London and the impacts of grand scale transformations in Rio de Janeiro. We have done further in-depth studies of the dynamics of São Paulo and Istanbul, and carried out extensive work at LSE Cities on the green economy, social cohesion and the impacts of climate change on cities.
Archived project
The Urban Age turns its ‘reflexive lens’ to Africa after a series of international conferences that have allowed us to assess selected cities in hotspots of urban growth and change across the world.
Commissioned by Impact on Urban Health, this research project will evolve potential ‘futures’ or scenarios for policy advice and decision-making in the face of rapidly changing and uncertain events, including COVID-19 and Brexit.