The Seventh session of the World Urban Forum will feature Urban Talks, a series of discussions with some of the world's most renowned economists, urbanists, and thinkers. These are 1-hour long keynote or conversation sessions that discuss the urbanization process from an array of professional perspectives. They will highlight the various angles through which citizens interact with cities, and identify intersections and commonalities for intra-urban collaborative opportunities.
Read about this year's featured experts below.
Joseph Stiglitz is a Nobel Laureate in Economics, author, and Professor at Columbia University in New York. He has served as an economic advisor for the Clinton Administration and Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at the World Bank. He chaired French President Sarkozy's Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, and later also chaired the United Nations Commission of Experts on Reform of the International Financial and Monetary System. In 2011, TIME magazine named Stiglitz one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Stiglitz has made major contributions to macro-economics and monetary theory, to development economics and trade theory, to public and corporate finance, to the theories of industrial organization and rural organization, and to the theories of welfare economics and of income and wealth distribution. His work has helped explain the circumstances in which markets do not work well, and how selective government intervention can improve their performance.
Stiglitz is a globally renowned writer, and founded one of the leading economics journals, The Journal of Economic Perspectives. His book, Globalization and Its Discontents (W.W. Norton June 2001) has been translated into 35 languages and has sold more than one million copies worldwide. His most recent book is The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future, published by W.W. Norton and Penguin/Allen Lane in June 2012.
To read more about Mr. Stiglitz, visit his website
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Thursday, 10 April; 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Teatro Metropolitano
The Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Global Research Professor at New York University, and the founder of the Creative Class Group, which works closely with governments and companies worldwide, Richard Florida is perhaps the world’s leading urbanist, “as close to a household name as it is possible for an urban theorist to be in America,” according to The Economist. Esquire has included him on its annual list of “The Best and the Brightest,” and FastCompany dubbed him an “intellectual rock star". MIT Technology Review recently named him one of the world’s most influential thinkers.
Florida is the author of several global best sellers, including the award-winning, The Rise of the Creative Class (“one ofthe best business books of all time”—800-CEO-READ), and is a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he co-founded and serves as Editor-at-Large for Atlantic Cities, the world's leading media site devoted to cities and urban affairs. Florida appears regularly on CNN and other news broadcasts and is a regular contributor to the op ed pages of major newspapers and magazines. TIME magazine recognized his Twitter feed as one of the 140 most influential in the world.
Florida previously taught at Carnegie Mellon and George Mason University, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Rutgers College and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Photo by Lorne Bridgman
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City Planner & Urbanist; Founder, Toderian Urban Works; Former Vancouver Chief Planner
Brent Toderian is a nationally and internationally respected practitioner and leader with over 21 years of experience in advanced urbanism, city planning and urban design.
His establishment of TODERIAN UrbanWORKS (TUW) in early 2012 followed 6 years of significant achievement as Vancouver BC’s Chief Planner (2006-2012), with accomplishments that included 2010 Winter Olympics-related planning and design; the EcoDensity and Greenest City Initiatives; new waterfront and skyline-shaping strategies; new visions for the city’s viaducts, multi-modal mobility and active transportation (walk, bike and transit); place-making, public place design and street activation strategies; next generation transit-oriented development (TOD) initiatives; the Laneway Housing program and other affordability/housing strategies; and inventive strategies at the downtown, city and regional levels emphasizing a “complete city”, not just a livable one. Brent also oversaw all development, design and architecture in Vancouver, known internationally as a “city by design.” He earned his reputation as a hands-on visionary and city-changer, and brought in new approaches for place-making, green design and architectural diversity.
Brent has been an advisor and collaborator with many global cities, from Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki and Rotterdam, to Sydney, Medellin, Ottawa and New York.
A passionate practitioner and advocate for creative, vibrant city-building, Brent is the founding President of the Council for Canadian Urbanism (CanU), a regular radio columnist on “City-Making” with CBC Radio, a member of ULI BC’s Advisory Board and many other bodies related to cities, and a regular writer with the Huffington Post, Atlantic Cities, Planetizen and SPACING. He is a highly sought-after international speaker, teacher and collaborator on issues of advanced urbanism.
For more information about Mr. Toderian and his work, visit the Toderian Urban Works website.
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Wednesday, 9 April; 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
In addition to the Urban Talk session, Mr. Krier will be hosting a working lunch on Tuesday, April 8, at 1 PM in the Grand Salon, Room 1
Mr Krier is a world-renowned architect, urban planner and architectural theorist pioneer in promoting the technological, ecological and social rationality and modernity of traditional urbanism and architecture; he is considered the “Godfather” of the “New Urbanism” movement. He started his career in 1968 working with James Stirling in London, following a stint at the University of Stuttgart. Since then, he has combined his practice with writing and teaching, serving as a professor at the Architectural Association and the Royal College of Arts in London, Princeton University, the University of Virginia, Yale University, and has guest lectured at numerous institutions. Since 1987, Mr Krier has been H. R. H. the Prince of Wales’ advisor, and responsible for the master-planning and architectural coordination of Poundbury, the Duchy of Cornwall’s urban development in Dorset, U.K. In addition, he has worked as industrial designer for Giorgetti since 1990.
Missed Mr. Krier's urban talk? View the recording on UN Web TV