IIHS Urban Fellows Programme invites applicants

The UFP is a fully-funded, nine-month, full-time, inter-disciplinary programme for recent graduates and young professionals from varied educational backgrounds or practice domains. Through the UFP, Fellows will:

  • Gain cutting-edge knowledge and perspectives in core urban sectors
  • Gain professional skills to enable rapid career development across private, public and community-based organisations
  • Engage with global, national and local thought leaders, entrepreneurs and change makers from diverse fields of urban practice
  • Network with national and international urban practitioners and experts
  • Access experiential learning that is linked to professional practice and is tailored to the aspirations of young professionals
  • Learn from a diverse and experienced faculty who bring together theory and practice
  • Develop a comparative perspective on urban development across cities in India
  • Apply new learning immediately within the course and through an internship

For more information, see http://urbanfellows.iihs.co.in/about


Safe and Resilient Cities online course

This e-learning course focuses on disaster risk management (DRM) at the city level. Participants will learn, in particular, about planning and decision making under uncertainty and how to make their cities more resilient to climate change impacts and natural disasters. The course provides cutting edge tools on vulnerability assessment, institutional assessment and gap analysis, and on how to access finance for risk management.

This course is divided into 4 modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: Technical Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment
  • Module 3: Accessing Finance for Urban DRM and Resilience
  • Module 4: Building and Implementing the Local Resilience Action Plan (LRAP)

For more information, see http://einstitute.worldbank.org/ei/course/safe-and-resilient-cities-0.


Call for applications: Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes

Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes:
Call for applications for a workshop on social research and lighting design in London

The Configuring Light research programme has received the HEIF5 Knowledge Exchange and Impact funding from the LSE to host a five-day workshop between lighting design professionals, architects and designers and social scientists in a London space on 13-17 October 2014.

This workshop will equip design professionals with the social research methods they need to create more ‘social designs’ in their daily practices and extend the adoption of social research in design processes to create better urban environments. This workshop will be co-led by our project partner the Social Light Movement, and will focus on a lighting design intervention to help improve outdoor spaces at Peabody’s Whitecross Estate in Islington. Technical sponsorship and support has kindly been provided by iGuzzini.

This workshop lasts for five days and has three elements: a training part for social research methods in design, a research and design part where designers create a new lighting concept in collaboration with the estate’s community, and a symposium on the final day (17 October 2014) where the lighting concept will be presented to the Peabody and other stakeholders and invited guests.

We are currently seeking applications from lighting design professionals as well as practising architects and designers interested and experienced in lighting design issues to get involved with the workshop. If you or your organisation would like to join, please see “How to apply” below. The workshop will last five days, and will be held at the Whitecross Estate from 13-17 October 2014. It is free of charge to attend, but places will be allocated on the basis of an application (see below for how to apply). We are unable to cover costs of travel and accommodation.

For more information, contact Kiera Blakey at k.m.blakey@lse.ac.uk.


EcoDistrict Practitioners: Accelerating District-Scale Sustainability

How can urban development professionals successfully tackle the complex challenges that cities face? How can they work with public agencies, utilities, developers, and community stakeholders to create a workable sustainability implementation strategy?

This engaging workshop will introduce participants to EcoDistricts, a four-step process management framework to guide neighborhood sustainability projects. Public policymakers, urban designers, developers, and community-based organizations will be equipped with practical governance, engagement, assessment, and project development tools. Led by EcoDistricts movement leader Rob Bennett, this all day workshop will share best practices from his 14+ years of experience in sustainable development.

For more information, see http://ecodistrictspractitioner.eventbrite.com.