Urban October Open House
The NYU Urban Expansion Program
The NYU Urban Expansion Program is a research and action program at the Marron Institute of Urban Management, at New York University (NYU). The program is dedicated to assisting municipalities of rapidly growing cities in preparing for their coming expansion, so that it is orderly and so that residential land on the urban fringe remains plentiful and affordable. Its work is divided into two components: Making Room for Urban Expansion and Monitoring Global Urban Expansion. The overall rationale for the program is laid out in Shlomo Angel's book, Planet of Cities.
As part of UN-Habitat’s global series of events for Urban October, the NYU Urban Expansion Program will hold an open house for anyone in the professional and academic community who is interested in learning more about the program's work. On Monday, October 29, the research staff of the Urban Expansion Program will welcome visitors to the Marron Institute and deliver a series of four lectures showcasing the highlights of their research over the past five years, including their on-the-ground planning work with fast-growing cities in Ethiopia and Colombia.
The Marron Institute is pleased to co-host this open house with the NYU Wagner Urban Planning Student Association. Please feel free to drop in for any part of the proceedings. We ask that those planning to attend RSVP at the link above so that we can provide the security desk with a list of guests.
Welcome (9:00 - 9:15AM)
Lecture 1 - Unplanned, Informal and Disconnected: Results and findings from the Atlas of Urban Expansion, 2016 Edition
(9:15 - 10:45AM)
In this lecture, the staff of the Urban Expansion Program will cover the findings of the Atlas of Urban Expansion, 2016 Edition, a global study of the quantitative and qualitative attributes of the urban development cities have undergone in the last 30 years. The Atlas was developed by the research team of the Program, in partnership with UN-HABITAT and the Lincoln Institute. The lecture will present the methodology and results of the study, which was conducted on a 200 global city sample. Presenters: Urban Expansion Team. Comments by Andrew Rudd of UN-Habitat.
Lecture 2 - The Anatomy of Density: Identifying Strategies to Promote Dense Urban Development
(11:00AM - 12:30PM)
Higher urban density is an ever-present objective in the realm of urban planners. However, we still know very little about how it can be accomplished it in practical terms. Understanding the factors that comprise urban density will allow policy and decision makers in the urban field to have a better understanding of its metrics and the possibility of actions to effectively achieve this goal. The presentation will cover a pilot study conducted in 10 cities. Presenters: Professor Shlomo Angel and Patrick Lamson-Hall.
Break (12:30 - 1:30PM)
Lecture 3 - Stakes in the Ground: From Plans to Action, Planning for the Next 30 years of Growth in Ethiopia and Colombia
(1:30 - 3:00PM)
During the next 50 years population growth in cities will be mostly a phenomenon of the developing world. Whereas cities in developed countries will receive an estimated 130 million people, those in the developing world will receive 2.5 billion. A substantial share of this grow will happen in intermediate cities. The urban expansion program provides technical assistance to intermediate cities in developing countries that are rapidly growing to help them plan and take actions to accommodate the physical expansion that will take place. Through minimal actions, cities will develop in a more orderly fashion making them more sustainable, inclusive and productive. The presentation will cover the work conducted with local and federal governments in Colombia and Ethiopia. Presenters: Professor Shlomo Angel, Nicolas Galarza, and Patrick Lamson-Hall.
Lecture 4 - Room to Grow: Principles for National Urban Planning Policies
(3:15 - 4:45PM)
The bulk of the economic output of the world is concentrated in cities, developed countries are already mostly urbanized, and developing countries are quickly following. As such, national governments should pay more attention to cities and their territorial development. Unenforceable or poorly implemented regulations and weak institutional capacity are only some of the problems governments face. The Urban Expansion Program partnered with the Colombian Federal Government to develop a methodology for improved and pragmatic urban planning with a component of capacity building to help cities foster their urban and territorial development. The presentation will cover the main aspects of the methodology and the capacity building tools developed to support local officials. Presenters: Professor Shlomo Angel and Nicolas Galarza.