Sizing Up Cities

Cities 2030: What Kinds of Urban Futures are Possible?
April 5, 2013
Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center

In addition to traditional urban concerns such as jobs, housing, and business and investment climates, newer issues (e.g., food security, environment sustainability, water provision, health, informal economic activity, sustainable tourism) are gaining greater prominence in urban policy discussions. The year 2030 offers an important benchmark to consider various metropolitan fabrics and what the urban future may look like in various regions of the world.

Bringing together leading scholars who specialize in North American, Latin American, and African urban studies, this one-day conference will explore new trends, common themes, shared problems, and ways to move forward in rethinking the role of cities in the 21st century. The event is organized by the Urban Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, and is co-sponsored by the School of Architecture, Department of Geography and Regional Studies, Department of Sociology and the Office of Civic and Community Engagement. For further information, please contact Professor Richard Grant (Convenor), at or click here.

Previous events focusing on global urbanization issues that took place at UM during fall 2012 included On Cities and Dialogues with the Informal City.