ON Palatine Hill
Building the Citisphere
This city is becoming one of Earth’s most important environments, yet it has commanded limited attention in traditional environmental discourse. Last fall’s 14th annual Environmental Affairs Symposium, titled Citisphere, sought to change that by exploring the diverse character, mechanisms, and roles of cities in biophysical and social systems at all scales.
Guest speakers included Janice Perlman, founder and president of the Mega-Cities Project, a nonprofit geared toward sharing innovative solutions to problems in large cities, and Luís Bettencourt, a research scientist who studies the structure and dynamics of complex systems at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Santa Fe Institute.