The New Metropolitan Scale
with Pedro B. Ortiz
Many cities in low and middle income countries are growing very quickly, some are seeing population growth rates of greater than 5% per year. An urban population that grows at 5% per year will double in size every 14 years. Today, the world is home to roughly 500 urban areas with more than 1 million inhabitants. The size of cities matters.
Many cities are growing together into larger agglomerations that integrate many different jurisdictions. Such agglomerations are called metropolises. Because a metropolis involves many overlapping jurisdictions, it functions very differently from a stand-alone city. The metropolis is a new scale of design for urban professionals. This talk will describe and discuss the unique challenges of governing, designing, planning, and managing the modern metropolis.
Provide insights on the new field of metropolitan planning and management for urban studies students.
Examine architecture, urban design, and urban planning at the scale of the metropolis
Describe the integration of urban planning with disciplines as economics, sociology, and governance at the scale of the metropolis
Discuss processes affecting metropolises all around the world, and how urban professionals can develop a global practice responding to these phenomena.