Making Space, Contesting the City speakers series resumes next month
Knowing Together, Growing Together: Equity, Growth, and Community in Metro-Regions
Chris Benner, Professor, Department of Human Ecology, University of California Davis
Monday, February 2
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Room 7000
Co-sponsored with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (BC Office).
Dr. Benner will discuss his research on the relationship between growth and social equity in urban regions, arguing that different trajectories can be explained, at least in part, by the relative strength and diversity of regional information sharing networks where data is shared and common understandings developed across diverse constituencies.
Making Space for the Unexpected Guests of Climate Change
Koko Warner, Institute for Environment and Human Security, United Nations University
Tuesday, February 17
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Room 1400
Co-sponsored with SFU’s Faculty of Environment
This talk will explore current findings about climate change and human migration and displacement, look at lessons learned from rural-urban migration, and explore directions for the future in policy and practice. It will explore who is on the move related to climate change, where are they coming from and where are they headed, how are cities affected, what challenges and opportunities lie ahead? The talk will conclude with reflections on maintaining a safe operating space for humanity—in cities and landscapes interconnected with urban spaces.
A Century of Olympic Urbanisms: Building for the Olympic Games, 1924 to 2020
Judith Grant Long, Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology, University of Michigan
Thursday, March 12
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Room 1700
Co-sponsored with SFU’s Institute for Performance Studies
Judith Grant Long surveys the century long history of building for the Olympic Games. Offered from the perspective of host cities, she argues that host city outcomes have been both better and worse than commonly understood, and points to the changing fortunes of global cities and the evolving business model of the Modern Olympic Movement as key influences in a story that encompasses the origins of the “Olympic legacy” concept and contemporary efforts to “right-size” the games. Calling for more responsible leadership on urban impacts from both host cities and the International Olympic Committee, Long makes recommendations to recalibrate the scale of Olympic infrastructures, and to guide host cities planning for the Olympic Games and other sports mega-events.