NEW YORK CITY / Wednesday Nov 14,2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Climate Smart Cities: Grenada

with Patrick Lamson-Hall and Shlomo Angel


The NYU Urban Expansion Program at the Marron Institute has been commissioned by the Green Climate Fund--the $100 billion international fund created for assisting developing countries in mitigating and adapting to climate change--to undertake a preliminary effort to build the capacity of Grenada, a Caribbean country with a population of 107,000, to respond with resilience to climate change. This program, called Climate Smart Cities: Grenada, has a special emphasis on the capital, St. George's. We have assembled a team of experts and have defined nine projects than now need preliminary designs to move forward. Our role is to assist the Grenadians in preparing these designs themselves, through a series of engagements and workshops in Grenada in the coming year. We hope to support the Grenadians in implementing these designs over the next several years, with continued support from the Green Climate Fund. Our engagement with Grenada is seen by the Green Climate Fund as a prototype for other Caribbean and island countries. We shall report on the project, with a special emphasis on our multi-disciplinary capacity-building methodology.

Due to limited space this event is restricted to NYU faculty, research staff, and gradtuate students. To RSVP please email 


Patrick Lamson-Hall
Fellow / Urban Expansion

Patrick Lamson-Hall is an urban planner and a Fellow in the Urban Expansion program of the NYU Marron Institute. He has contributed to the development of the Atlas of Urban Expansion: 2016 Edition, a groundbreaking and original study of the dynamics of global urban growth. He manages the India Urban Expansion Observatory, a 30-person research facility located in Mumbai, India. He was the New York-based coordinator of the Ethiopia Urban Expansion Initiative, a project to implement long-term spatial plans in 16 Ethiopian cities and he coordinated the Climate Smart Cities: Grenada program, a collaboration with the Green Climate Fund.

Mr. Lamson-Hall holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. In addition to his work at NYU, he has contributed to the crafting of the sustainable development goals as an expert urban planner, has collaborated with UN-Habitat on the writing of a methodology for the assessment of public open space, and has shaped new strategies for the evaluation of cities using high-resolution satellite imagery. His other research interests include alternative transportation, special economic zones, and the measurement of urban density. 

Shlomo (Solly) Angel
Program Director / Urban Expansion
Professor of City Planning / NYU Marron Institute

Shlomo (Solly) Angel is a Professor of City Planning at the Marron Institute where he leads the NYU Urban Expansion Program. He is an international expert on housing and urban development policy, having written extensively on the subject, advised the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and implemented projects on the ground. He currently focuses on documenting urban expansion and densification in a global sample of cities, as well as on advising rapidly growing cities on how to prepare adequate room for their inevitable expansion while making adequate room for the densification of their existing footprints as well.  

In 1973, Angel started a program in Human Settlements Planning and Development at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok. He taught at the Institute from 1973 to 1983, while researching housing and urban development in the cities of East, South, and Southeast Asia. He co-edited Land for Housing the Poor in 1982. From the mid-80s to mid-90s, he worked as a housing and urban development consultant to UN-Habitat, the Asian Development Bank, and the Government of Thailand. In 2000, he published Housing Policy Matters, a comparative study of housing conditions and policies in more than fifty countries around the world. From 2000 to 2010 he prepared housing sector assessments of 11 Latin America and Caribbean countries for the IDB and the World Bank. Since 2005, he has been documenting global urban expansion, resulting in the publication of The Dynamics of Global Urban Expansion in 2005, the Atlas of Urban Expansion in 2012 and 2016, and Planet of Citiesin 2012.  

Angel earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a doctorate in city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley.