Building the Citisphere
January 21, 2012
This city is becoming one of Earthâ€™s most important environments, yet it has commanded limited attention in traditional environmental discourse. Last fallâ€™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 LuĂs Bettencourt, a research scientist who studies the structure and dynamics of complex systems at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Santa Fe Institute.