10:00-12:00, Dec 07 2021, CST; 04:00-06:00, Dec 07 2021, CET; 13:00-15:00, Dec 07 2021, AEDT
Video for the presentation.
At the outset of 2020 cities were on the rise as increasingly recognizable leaders in the fight against global challenges like climate change. Then the COVID-19 pandemic brought them to a standstill. In many ways, the pandemic challenged the networked nature of cities fundamentally through border closures, lockdowns and social distancing measures. Yet, whilst deeply disrupted, the global mobility of, and local impetus for, urban innovation has not disappeared. Cities the world over have reinvented city networks, recast their engagement with urban science and leveraged new ways of urban experimentation. Reflecting on this changing but enduring landscape from the point of view of the world’s longest locked-down city, Melbourne, this talk looks at the potential urban innovation in an age of crises. In particular, the talk will look at the enduring ambition for change of cities from a networked perspective, the expanding urban challenges to global sustainable development, and a few lessons from balancing global aspirations and practical urban challenges.
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