CITIES IN A CHANGING WORLD: QUESTIONS OF CULTURE, CLIMATE AND DESIGN
Place: Virtual / City Tech, CUNY, New York
Dates: 16-18, June 2021
Abstracts: 30 Nov, 2020 (Round One) | 30 Mar, 2021 (Round Two)
DISCIPLINES: Public Health | | Sociology | Human Geography | Housing | Sustainability | Urbanism | Architecture | Planning | Governance
FORMATS: In-person, pre-recorded presentations, Zoom, written papers.
PUBLISHERS: Routledge | UCL Press
The premise of this conference is that the city is a site of interconnected problems. No single issue dominates its needs. No single discipline has the answers to its questions. As a result, the range of issues we deal with is vast. Health professionals look at the city as a site of public health, disability activists argue it can be a place of disability through design, community activists argue for participatory planning while housing professionals seek to foster affordable living for all residents. At the same time, urban designers are developing new models of settlement planning, architects are renovating ever more existing buildings., infrastructure designers are developing faster modes of transportation and planners are demanding lower C02 emissions from industry.
While all such issues respond to unique and independent demands, they are all interrelated.
This conference suggests that nowhere is this interrelated dynamic more evident than in the issue of climate change, and that the host city, New York, offers a perfect example of the interconnected urban phenomena. In recent years the city has been subject to environmental disasters, has led on affordable housing, developed new healthy city imitative, and was the focal point of the Coronavirus epidemic in the United States. It is a perfect example of the city as a complex set of interacting social and built environmental factors that cannot be treated in isolation.
Organizers: City Tech | CUNY | AMPS | PARADE | Routledge | UCL Press