Cities are powerful drivers of development and social innovation, bringing together people, ideas, and resources in a dynamic and dense system of interactions.
In this talk, Luis M. Bettencourt, director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago, will explore the central ideas of an emergent science of cities that reframe our view of cities and of future urban planning and design. These ideas require insights from many disciplines in the social and natural sciences as well as the humanities, dealing in an integrated way with social and environmental challenges, the design of the built environment, and processes of economic growth and innovation.
These ideas will be shown to be particularly poignant in the context of Hong Kong – until recently the densest city in the world – and neighboring cities in mainland China. In these cities, creatively meeting unprecedented urban growth and sustainability challenges will be crucial for the future of the region as well as the world at large.
7:15pm Welcome and Introduction
8:15pm Discussion/ Q&A
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