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The Innovative Metropolis: Fostering Economic Competitiveness through Sustainable Urban Design

Past Event

As global cities have embraced sustainable urban design and entrepreneurism, their strategies can serve as a source of inspiration and new knowledge to U.S. cities and beyond. By pairing best practices from international metros with their U.S. counterparts, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at the Washington University in St. Louis has developed a series of case studies that examine the urgent challenges of an increasingly urbanized planet, focusing on the development of sustainable products, services, technology, and land use patterns following the economic recession.


On February 21, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and the Sam Fox School’s Master of Urban Design Program hosted an all-day forum which explored the intersection between sustainable urban design and economic growth while discussing the implications for design and practice. The event also highlighted policies that have enabled individual cities to become successful models of sustainability and examined specific design and policy issues through the lenses of economy, government, climate and social systems.


Mark Wrighton, chancellor of the Washington University in St. Louis, welcomed the forum participants and audience members, followed by a presentation from Ricky Burdett, professor of urban studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Panel discussions covered transportation; environmental and building technologies; and adaptation and renewal. The program closed with a presentation from Mohsen Mostafavi, dean and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley professor of design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, followed by a reception and respondent discussion.

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Agenda

Registration and Coffee

Overview

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Peter MacKeith

Associate Dean - Sam Fox School, Washington University in St. Louis

Keynote: “Living in the Endless City”

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Ricky Burdett

Professor of Urban Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science - Director, LSE Cities and the Urban Age Program

Panel 1: Transportation and Mobility in Portland, Copenhagen and Hong Kong

Panel 2: Environmental and Building Technologies in Chicago, São Paulo, Masdar and Helsinki

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Christof Jantzen

I-CARES Professor of Practice - Washington University in St. Louis

Lunch

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Christof Jantzen

I-CARES Professor of Practice - Washington University in St. Louis

Panel 3: Adaptation and Renewal in Shanghai, Mexico City, and New York

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Michelle Knapik

Director, Sustainable Environments Program - Surdna Foundation

Keynote: “Ecological Urbanism”

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Introduction: Bruce Lindsey

Dean, College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design - Sam Fox School, Washington University in St. Louis

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Mohsen Mostafavi

Dean and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design, Graduate School of Design - Harvard University

Welcoming Remarks

Reception and Respondents Discussion

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Ricky Burdett

Professor of Urban Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science - Director, LSE Cities and the Urban Age Program

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John Hoal

Chair, Master of Urban Design Program - Sam Fox School, Washington University in St. Louis

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Mohsen Mostafavi

Dean and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design, Graduate School of Design - Harvard University

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