Desert Cities Symposium


Keynote by Emily Talen - "Walkable Diversity in Future Desert Cities"
Respondent: Sally Kitch - "Avoiding Utopianism"

November 19th, 2015 | 5:30 pm | Social Sciences 109
November 20th, 2015 | 9:00 - 5:00 pm | Graduate Hotel

Keynote: Urban planners are now focused on increasing the nation’s supply of pedestrian-based, socially diverse human settlements. This “walkable diversity” encapsulates the merger between social justice and environmental sustainability. Emily Talen (School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning) reviews the state of the pursuit of walkable diversity, including research debates, implementation hurdles, and entrenched conflicts over strategies and priorities.

Symposium: How do we imagine the desert and desert cities? How will desert cities of the future deal with movement, migration, mobility, and transience? What will the desert city of 2050 look like? Join ASU environmental humanists as they grapple with these questions in the heart of a desert metropolis. The symposium will open with a keynote by Emily Talen (School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning) on social justice and environmental sustainability in future desert cities. Symposium panelists include: Miral Mahgoub (SILC), Sha Xin Wei (AME), Paul Hirt (SHPRS), John Meunier (Design), Chad Haines (SHPRS), Duke Reiter (Office of the President), Dave White (School of Community Resources and Development), Dehlia Hannah (AME), Adriene Jenik (Art), and Cynthia Selin (Center for Nanotechnology in Society).

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