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American Geographical Society Fall Symposium – Geography 2050: Exploring our Future in an Urbanized World
November 19, 2015 - November 20, 2015
AGS Fall Symposium – Geography 2050: Exploring our Future in an Urbanized World
November 19-20, 2015, Columbia University, New York City
In 2014, the American Geographical Society mounted an “Expedition to the Future.” A topic that predominately recurred through much of the dialog was urbanization. An ever increasing proportion of the world’s population will dwell in urban areas by 2050, even as the world’s total population swells by billions. The geographies of our urban habitats are poised to change radically by 2050, with implications for decision makers and for humanity’s fundamental well-being. The spatial-temporal processes that will reshape our cities are many and interrelated, and will manifest differently in different places over time. In short, there is no single “urban habitat” and it is imperative that we, as a global society, understand the variety and interconnectedness of the world’s towns, cities, and mega-cities as they evolve by 2050.
The AGS Fall Symposium brings together leaders in business, government, science, and education that might not otherwise have the opportunity to interact, and provide opportunities for discussion, debate, and collaboration to further the understanding of the future of our cities. Speakers will include Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute; Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat; Ms. Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s office of Immigrant Affairs; and many prominent urban planners and geographers. For more information and to register, go to www.geography2050.org.