Human Cities Expo 2018

Sponsored by Urban Studies Program


Wednesday, December 5, 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Free and open to the public.

Join us for the annual Human Cities Expo, a day-long celebration bringing together interdisciplinary perspectives on advancing a human-centered approach to cities. The Fall 2018 Expo will feature interactive exhibits, student presentations, and keynote talks from distinguished scholars and practitioners. 


Tech Museum of Innovation // Community Voices Prototype exploring stories of climate change impact

Earth Island Institute // Brower Youth Awards featuring young leaders making strides in the environmental movement

Clarity // Air Quality Deployments

Tsinghua University Academy of Art and Design // Human City, Vibrant Community, and Design Fiction

Tsinghua University Department of Construction Management // Sustainable Urbanization in an International Comparative Perspective

Main Stage Presentations

10:30-12:20pm: Sustainable Cities Seminar Presentations

Sustainable Cities is a community-based learning course where students collaborate with Bay Area NGOs and government agencies to support local sustainability efforts. 

12:30-1:20pm: Michael Germeraad, Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

New technologies like driverless vehicles, rising sea levels, earthquakes, economic booms and busts, political volatility or other external forces may fundamentally alter the Bay Area’s future by the year 2050.To explore the challenging questions that traditionally have been outside the regional planning process, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Government (ABAG) have developed a new initiative, called Horizon, to explore the pressing issues and possible challenges Bay Area residents may face through 2050.

1:30-3:00pm: Alex Schafran, University of Leeds

Dr. Alex Schafran will be discussing his book, The Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics. Dr. Carol McKibben will serve as discussant.

How could Northern California, the wealthiest and most politically progressive region in the United States, become one of the earliest epicenters of the foreclosure crisis? How could this region continuously reproduce racial poverty and reinvent segregation in old farm towns one hundred miles from the urban core? This is the story of the suburbanization of poverty, the failures of regional planning, urban sprawl, NIMBYism, and political fragmentation between middle-class white environmentalists and communities of color. As Alex Schafran shows, the responsibility for this newly segregated geography lies in institutions from across the region, state, and political spectrum, even as the Bay Area has never managed to build common purpose around the making and remaking of its communities, cities, and towns.

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