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London Before · Now · After
by Philipp Rode, LSE Cities

London is the global city, its identity being constantly rewritten and redefined. Facing another big change we want to explore the past, present and future of the city through passionate citizens. London as a state of mind. We asked Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities, to join us.

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St. Pancras International

London Before

"The feeling of direct, uncomplicated connection with Paris and Brussels and the promise of future direct rail links with continental Europe."

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Heathrow T5 Passport Control

London Now

"The uncertainty where one will have to queue in the future."

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On a bike cycling South on CS1 crossing Old Street during the morning peak

London After

"Being among Londoners who will always be Europeans"


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Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is co-director of the LSE Executive MSc in Cities and co-convenes the LSE Sociology Course on ‘City Making: The Politics of Urban Form’. 

The focus of his current work is on institutional structures and governance capacities of cities as part of an international collaboration with UN-Habitat/Habitat III and on city-level green economy strategies, which includes co-directing the LSE Cities research for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. He has previously led the coordination of the chapters on "Green Cities and Green Buildings" for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Green Economy Report

He is Executive Director of the Urban Age Programme and since 2005 has organised Urban Age conferences in partnership with Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft in over a dozen world cities, bringing together political leaders, city mayors, urban practitioners, private sector representatives and academic experts. 

He manages the Urban Age research efforts and recently co-authored "Towards New Urban Mobility": The case of London and Berlin (2015), Cities and Energy: Urban morphology and heat energy demand (2014), Transforming Urban Economies (2013) and Going Green: How cities are leading the next economy (2012).

Many thanks to Philipp Rode!