Modeling and Measuring Cities

The Urban Systems Symposium took place in New York City on May 11th and 12th, 2011.

Over 50% of the world’s population now lives in cities and this proportion is set to increase.Furthermore, over 30% of the world’s GDP comes from the top 100 cities and this proportion is also set to increase. Thus, urbanization is fast becoming one of the brute facts of life for mankind as we struggle to ensure a sustainable and comfortable future on an increasingly over-crowded and over-stressed planet. Yet the study and management of cities is beset by an inability to approach these problems holistically, across the “systems of systems” of which cities are composed, and by a lack of recognition and use of the enormous power of information to enable solutions to address these problems.

What are the traditional and contemporary issues that designers and planners face as they work through processes of developing master plans for the redevelopment of large sections of existing cities, as well as for the creation of new cities from scratch?

3 Slide shows from the simposium:

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