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Urbanization, "Smart" Cities, & Inclusivity

Join for our October monthly discussion! 

Urbanization, "Smart" Cities, & Inclusivity

Monday, October 2, 2017, 6:00–7:30 pm

Room: 66-144

Dinner provided for attendees!

Today, more than half of the global population lives in cities, with projections to reach more 66% by 2050. Despite only covering 2% of total land, they account for 70% of the economy (GDP), over 60% of global energy consumption, 70% of greenhouse gas emissions, and 70% of global waste. The increasing concentration of people, economy, and knowledge in cities is shaping the urban landscape that surrounds us and people’s quality of life like never before. For example, the data revolution and ICTs have made the flow of information increasingly fast, communication instant, and global trade easier. Additionally, technological change is reshaping health care, access to basic services, housing, transportation, job opportunities, education, and other sectors of both the economy and society. The scaffold within which cities have grown is also influencing the natural environment, leading to systemic issues such as climate change and resource depletion. This discussion will be centered around the applications of science, technology and innovation policy to address increasing pressures of equity within cities, systems of innovation, and promoting integrated territorial development to reduce disparities between-and-within urban-and-rural areas.


Additional background reading:

After Quito, the path forward for the New Urban Agenda - link

Smart cities must be people-centered, equitable cities - link

Science for Sustainable Rural-urban Regions - link

The New Urban Agenda: key opportunities and challenges for policy and practice - link