Join us at Roosevelt House as we present a wide-ranging conversation exploring what the city of the future will be like, co-sponsored with the World Policy Institute. This special event features a distinguished panel of experts at the forefront of understanding - and shaping - the global changes now underway.
If the 21st century belongs to the city, very few will look like New York - wildly prosperous and growing slowly but steadily. The majority of cities will veer toward one of two extremes - the explosive megalopolis and the shrinking austerity city. For wildly differing reasons, in both Lagos and Detroit the formal sector has proven unable to house, transport, and employ residents. So what role can the informal sector play in building more inclusive and resilient cities? What can urban agriculture, informal manufacturing (i.e. "maker" culture), homesteading, and "lean urbanism" teach us about the challenges facing cities and solutions proposed by citizens themselves?
Speakers: Jill S. Gross, Associate Professor, Hunter College Urban Affairs and Planning; Marc Norman, Director, UPSTATE: Center for Design, Research, and Real Estate; and Emeka Okafor, Co-founder and curator, Maker Faire Africa. The panel will be moderated by Kavitha Rajagopalan, Senior Fellow and Co-director, Emergent Cities Project at the World Policy Institute and author of Muslims of Metropolis: The Stories of Three Immigrant Families in the West. The discussion will be introduced by Dr. Jonathan Fanton, Franklin D. Roosevelt Visiting Fellow and Interim Director, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.