The Anatomy of Density
A Webinar SeriesRSVP
Join the NYU Marron Urban Expansion Program in a series of four webinars to explore the increased importance of urban density and its attributes in cities the world over.
More than ever, urban density is at the fore of discussions of mitigating climate change, managing pandemics, promoting housing affordability and economic development, and protecting the countryside from further encroachment. There are calls for making cities denser, to increase the use of public transit, biking, and walking, and for containing urban expansion to force the densification of existing urban footprints. Yet densities have continued to fall over the past three decades, and densification advocates have little to show for their efforts. It is now urgent to understand how to turn the tide and advance a pragmatic densification agenda for cities the world over. This webinar series provides a new and deeper understanding of urban density and its critical role in shaping the destinies of cities in the decades to come. The series includes:
- Anatomy of Density
- Densification vs. Expansion
- Densification Case Studies
- Densification Strategy for NYC’s Next Mayor
Session 1: Anatomy of Density
Urban density—the ratio of a city’s population to its area—is readily measurable. It tells us how much land the city occupies, how long and by what mode commuters have to travel, and how long infrastructure lines have to be, and, as such, it is often a focus of policy. But urban density hides more than it reveals. High density can come about from overcrowding, for example, while low density can come about from too little land in residential use. In this webinar, we present a novel methodology for factoring urban density into components that, taken together, reveal its anatomy, followed by a panel discussion on why density is higher in some cities and lower in others and how we can approach making changes in density in an integrated, comprehensive manner.
About This Event
In this first webinar, we present our novel methodology for factoring urban density into components that, taken together, reveal its anatomy. This will be followed by a panel discussion on how density should be measured, why it is higher in some cities and lower in others, and how we can approach densification in cities in a more evidence-based manner. The audience may participate in the discussion at the end.
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