9:00 am EST - 4:30 pm EST

Past Event

The Innovative Metropolis: Fostering Economic Competitiveness through Sustainable Urban Design

Thursday, February 21, 2013

9:00 am - 4:30 pm EST

Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC

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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Keynote: “Living in the Endless City”

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

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

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

Keynote: “Ecological Urbanism”

Reception and Respondents Discussion