WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2021 AT 5:30 PM Pacific Time

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There are estimates that the U.S. population could reach 438 million by 2050. Where will these people be housed? What kind of metropolitan regions will they live in? Will these regions be sustainable or equitable or even livable? Is it only a dream that we can create sustainable, healthy, resilient, green, and equitable cities? Christina Rosan considers these questions in her talk.
Christina Rosan is an associate professor of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University. She is an affiliated faculty member in Global Studies, the Master of Public Policy Program, Latin American Studies, and the Center for Sustainable Communities. Her monograph Governing the Fragmented Metropolis Planning for Regional Sustainability, published in 2016, examines metropolitan governance and land use planning in Boston, Denver, and Portland, OR.
Rosan is active in the Philadelphia sustainability community, where she is helping to develop inclusive, community-led, intersectional, and reparative planning processes and policies to create a racially-just and climate-ready city.
Her forthcoming book (co-authored with Stephen Wheeler) Reimagining Sustainable Cities will be published by the University of California Press in December 2021. Rosan and Wheeler ask big-picture questions: How do we get to carbon neutrality? How do we adapt to a climate-changed world? How can we create affordable, inclusive, and equitable cities? Rather than dwelling on the analysis of problems, the authors prioritize solutions-oriented thinking—surveying historical trends, providing examples of constructive action worldwide, and outlining alternative problem-solving strategies.