The Future Cities; Livable Futures: symposium, which explored the future of urban life, and how to sustainably develop urban areas. With the majority of the world’s population now living in cities, new challenges have arisen in development and sustainability. The symposium will examine the issues surrounding development. Cincinnati faces challenges and opportunities in common with other cities across the country and the globe, but also because experts predict that cities of 300,000 to one million people are the cities of the future. The environmental, social and developmental barriers to sustainable growth in mega-cities stand exponentially higher and are further entrenched than in midsized cities. Problems like transportation, housing, employment and social equality mean opportunities rather than setbacks. If these issues can be approached sustainably before infrastructure hardens around them, it sets the stage for later inclusive, stable growth. The purpose of Future Cities; Livable Futures is to open a dialogue about the future.
Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University
Distinguished Fellow at Fowler Center for Sustainable Value
Architect, Urban designer and Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor at IIT
Architectural activist, Researcher and Educator committed to democratic design
Professor in the School of Architecture and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota
Professor, Design Futures Program, Griffith University, Brisbane
Director, Global Foresight & Innovation, Arup
Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Earth Institute
Professor of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University in Miami and Professor of Sociology at Portland State University
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Director of the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center and Associate Professor in the UC Department of Sociology and the School of Architecture and Interior Design, Adrian Parr, and Architect Michael Zaretsky, who is also an assistant professor in the School of Architecture and Interior Design discuss planning for urban change and designing livable cities. Listen to it here: 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati


With the majority of the world’s population now living in cities, new challenges have arisen in development and sustainability. Future Cities; Livable Futures is a symposium bringing world-renowned visionaries to Cincinnati to discuss futures both global and local. Read more here: Soapboxmedia.com
9:30 - Registration
10:00 - Introductions
10:15 - Tom Fisher
Cities and the Survival of the Species
10:30 - Roberta Feldman
Democratic Design
10:45 - Alex Stepick
Race, Class, and Power in the 21st Century American City
11:00 - Anna Rubbo
Diepsloot, My Paradise
11:15 - Julian Agyeman
Toward Just Sustainabilities
11:35 - Roundtable Discussion
12:15 - Break
1:00 - Welcome Back
1:15 - Marshall Brown
Smooth Growth™ Urban Design
1:30 - Ilma Barros
One Vision, Many Voices
1:45 - Tony Fry
Whose City, Whose Future?
2:00 - Chris Luebkeman
[Y]our New Normal
2:20 - Roundtable Discussion
3:00 - Afternoon Break
3:30 - Demand Better Panel Discussion
Moderated by Eric Avner
4:45 - Concluding Remarks
5:00 - End of Event
Eric Avner
Vice President for Community Development at the Haile Foundation/Moderator
Jim Cheng
Design Architect and co-founder of emersion DESIGN
Colin Groth
Director of Strategic Assistance for Strive
Kate Hanisian
Executive Director and co-founder of Design Impact
Chad Munitz
Executive Vice President of Asset and Capital Management for 3CDC
Tim Riordan
City Manager of the City of Dayton
William D. Williams
Director of the School of Architecture and Interior Design at DAAP
Adrian Parr
Dean of CAPPA and the UNESCO Chair on Water and Human Settlements.
Michael Zaretsky
Director of the Architectural Engineering Program in Civil Engineering and Associate Professor in Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington