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Неделя, 23 Август 2009 00:02

Deutsche Bank creates New International Centre at the London School of Economics
London, UK – Deutsche Bank Chairman Josef Ackermann and London School of Economics Director Howard Davies announced the creation of LSE Cities, an international centre for urban excellence, with an endowment of £1 million from Deutsche Bank each year over a period of five years. They are joined by architect Richard Rogers to celebrate a new initiative aimed at improving the lives of people who live in cities across the world. With 75% of the world’s population set to be living in cities by 2050, our understanding of the environmental and social impact of urban settlements has never been so important. Alongside climate change, food production and water shortages, the future of the planet will be shaped by the way cities are designed and managed, affecting the lives of billions of urban dwellers. This is why LSE and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society have joined forces to establish a new centre that focuses on the future of the city. Building on the successful 5-year collaboration of the Urban Age project – an international investigation of global cities including Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Johannesburg and London - LSE Cities will develop new programmes of research, education and outreach that cut across disciplinary boundaries. The new centre will take its place alongside some of the School’s most prestigious academic and research institutions including the Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation, the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion and the recently established Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. Linking ongoing education, research and policymaking initiatives at the School and its international network of global cities, LSE Cities will help city mayors, policymakers, planners, architects and scholars better accommodate the needs of future generations of urban residents. LSE Cities, to be located in the Department of Sociology, will start on 1 January 2010< and will be directed by Ricky Burdett, LSE Professor in Architecture and Urbanism.


Josef Ackermann, Chairman of the Group Executive Committee of Deutsche Bank,
noted ‘Urban Age has helped policymakers and urban practitioners ensure the
stability and growth of cities as diverse as Shanghai, São Paulo, Mumbai, New York
and London. In establishing LSE Cities, Urban Age will continue developing a
grammar of success for metropolitan areas. The donation reflects Deutsche Bank’s
commitment to corporate social responsibility in a key area of global change.’

Howard Davies, Director of LSE said, ‘Today, the importance of city-making cannot
be disputed. The LSE is delighted to partner with one of the world’s leading financial
institutions to extend the school’s influence into urban policymaking around the
world. The support from Deutsche Bank is one of the largest corporate donations
received by the LSE. We are very grateful to them for their support.’

Nicholas Stern, Lord Stern of Brentford, a distinguished professor at LSE and author
of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, said ‘Cities contribute a
large portion of the world’s carbon emissions. They are also home to many of the
people most vulnerable to climate change. Working together, LSE Cities and the
Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment can help
urban areas and build their response to climate change and ensure a more sustainable
future for our cities.’

Richard Rogers, Lord Rogers of Riverside, the architect and urbanist stated, ‘LSE
Cities will help architects, planners and mayors tackle the challenges of designing
more resilient, environmentally sustainable and inclusive cities’.