Conflicts of an Urban Age Exhibition

Cities occupy less than 1% of global land, but generate over two-thirds of the world’s economic output. They are the stage-sets for social opportunity and social inequality. While some cities are pioneering sustainable and imaginative solutions, many are not. New city forms are also emerging, with profound social and environmental consequences for billions of urban dwellers. 

The Conflicts of an Urban Age exhibition, borne out of a collaboration between Arup’s Phase 2 and the Urban Age programme by LSE Cities and the Alfred Herrhausen Gessellschaft, highlights the spatial and social consequences of dramatic urban growth in cities across the world between 1990 and 2015.

When & Where

1 March – 30 June 2019
Please contact Kimberleigh Stratford to view.

Arup Sydney Gallery
Level 5, 151 Clarence Street Sydney NSW 2000

The Conflicts of an Urban Age exhibition The Conflicts of an Urban Age exhibition

The data visualisations on display show how Lagos, Ho Chi Minh City, Cairo, Chicago, Guangzhou and – new to this exhibition – Sydney, have changed over the last 25 years.

The exhibition is a stark reminder that Sydney is not alone in unprecedented growth, and that the conflicts emerging with the effects of urbanisation, globalisation and climate change are becoming increasingly challenging for us all.

The Conflicts of an Urban Age exhibition is one way we’re promoting the conversations our cities urgently need.

Conflicts of an Urban Age is a timely intervention in the fast-developing Australian conversation about our cities. Our cities – how they work, who they work for – matter.

Tim Williams Strategic Adviser

Phase 2 is a cultural programme at Arup that explores the intersection between art, design and engineering.

LSE Cities is an international centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science that carries out research, graduate and executive education and outreach activities in London and abroad. It studies how people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world, focusing on how the physical form and design of cities impacts on society, culture and the environment.

The Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft promotes a free and open society and its cohesion through its partnership with institutions focused on Cities, Free Thinking and Europe. Its work is based on the values of Alfred Herrhausen: on freedom and responsibility, on competition and compassion.