The past and future of cities

By Edward Glaeser | 2015

How do centripetal and centrifugal technologies match and how do they influence the development of cities? Edward Glaeser argues that technology alone will not suffice to improve cities, since innovation comes from human connection. Only by using these technologies and innovation smartly will life conditions for cities all around the world progress.

Edward Glaeser

An urban economist and Professor of Economics at Harvard University, Glaeser is the author of Triumph of the City, a book in which he argues that cities are humanity's greatest invention and offers evidence of them being greener and healthier than suburban or rural environments.

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Contributors

Amador Ferrer

Architect and Professor at Universitat Ramón Llull

Aníbal Gaviria

Alcalde de la ciudad de Medellín (2012-15)

Bahaaeddin Alhaddad

Space Business Development and Urban Remote Sensing at Starlab Ltd

Beth Simone Noveck

Founder and Director. Governance Lab

Bharati Chaturvedi

Founder and Director. Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group

Boyd Cohen

Professor of Entrepreneurship

Carlos Vayas

Metropolitan Director. Municipality of Quito

Cecile Faraud

Circular Economy Lead. Peterborough City Council

Cristina Garrido

Congress Manager, Smart City Expo World Congress - International Events. anteverti Consultant.

Dan Lewis

Chief Urban Risk Reduction, UN Habitat Chief of the Urban Risk Reduction Unit

Darko Radovic

Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Keio University

Edward Glaeser

Professor of Economics, Harvard University. Urban Economist.

Esteve Almirall

Assoc. Professor. ESADE Business Law School

Gabriela Gómez-Mont

Chief Creativity Officer at Laboratorio para la Ciudad. México City

Gaetan Siew

CEO Global Creative Leadership Initiative

Inazio Martínez de Arano

Head of Office in European Forest Institute Mediterranean Regional Office

Juliana Rotich

Executive Director. Ushahidi

Kumaresh Chandra Mishra

Deputy Secretary General Habitat III Conference. United Nations

Manu Fernández

Founder. Human Scale City

Pankaj Ghemawat

Global Professor of Management and Strategy. IESE

Parvati Nair

Director of the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility

Rashiq Fataar

Urbanist and Director of Our Future Cities

Rebecca Smith

Active Alumni at the European Youth Parliament. anteverti Consultant

Shannon Lawrence

Director Global Initiatives. C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Stephen Goldsmith

Professor. Harvard Kennedy School