Urban retail is being reinvented. Even before the pandemic, e-commerce was challenging recreational shopping in cities, ethical concerns about cheap labour were becoming more prominent and the climate and ecological emergency was prompting questions about hyper consumerism, the accumulation of more stuff and ‘discard culture’. In the wake of the global pandemic, new lifestyles and consumption habits are emerging which will accelerate changes in the shopping and retail sector with profound implications for cities and their spaces of mass consumption.
This final Urban Age Debate aims to address fundamental questions of sustainable urban consumption, local economic development, entrepreneurship and placemaking in bringing together leading experts and thinkers in urban retail, design, and sustainable development to discuss the future of retail.
• Andrew Murphy | Executive Director of Operations at The John Lewis Partnership
• Ewa Westermark | Architect and a Partner and Director at Gehl
• Thomas Heatherwick | Designer and Founder of Heatherwick Studio
• Jonathan De Mello | Equity Partner at CWM
• Philipp Rode | Executive Director of LSE Cities
Hosted by LSE Cities, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and the LSE School of Public Policy
Register here to attend this online event