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Sustainability and the City: America and the Urban World Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association (SSASA) 26 Sep - 30 Sep, 2013
SESSIONSustainability and the City: America and the Urban World Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association (SSASA)26 Sep - 30 Sep, 2013


    By the year 2060, 70% of the world's population will live in cities, cities where goods and ideas are exchanged, where the arts thrive and people from different races, backgrounds, religions and values mix. They are financial, business, political and cultural centers, places of expanding possibilities and the entry point of foreign influences. Yet they are also sites of dereliction, crime and political corruption. Today, while some cities are dynamic, attractive and transitioning, a number of cities are in a state of decay and decline.

    This 11th Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association Symposium willfocus on the social, cultural, economic, and political role that cities play in the lives of their inhabitants, their culture and the world. It will draw on a range of disciplines to examine the future of the city in America, but will also target cities around the world. The focus will be on common issues, inter-related relationships and future trends, as participants examine the dynamics that constitute the social and cultural dimensions of the modern global city. Participants will be American Studies academics, urban sociologists, urban planners, architects and others interested in the study of the city.

    Questions that participants will explore include:

    • What is the significance of urban living to those in the rapidly growing American, Asian, and other great cities?
    • Are global cities extraterritorial, sharing more with one another than with the country in which they are situated?
    • What role does the city play in shaping the lives, values, attitudes, and well-being of those who live in them?
    • How attuned to human needs and desires are they?
    • What is the role of the architect and planner in the future of cities?
    • How can cities become innovators in sustainability?

    The program starts at 16:00 on 26 September. There is no progam on 30 September, so depature is at any time.


    Ron Clifton
    Former Associate Vice President of Stetson University and Retired Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service of the United States


    Christopher Bigsby
    Professor of American Studies and Director of the Arthur Miller Centre for American Studies, University of East Anglia, UK; broadcaster and award-winning novelist and biographer
    Peter Cookson Smith
    Architect, Planner and Urban Designer; President of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners; Vice President, Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design; Founder of Urbis Limited
    Bernardus Djonoputro
    President, Indonesia Association of Urban and Regional Planners,Jakarta
    Fred Fisher
    Founder of Fred Fisher and Partners, Architects, award-winning firm in Los Angeles with projects in Berlin, Tokyo, New York, Hawaii and in California; Fellow of the American Academy in Rome; Member, Board of Councilors at USC School of Architecture
    Slavis Poczebutas
    Architect and urban planner; Project Director, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Saskia Sassen
    Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University; Centennial Visiting Professor, London School of Economics; Co-chair Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University; completed five year project for UNESCO on sustainable human settlement
    Richard Sennett
    Centennial Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics; University Professor of the Humanities, New York University; founding director, New York Institute for the Humanities; author of publications on the effects of urban living on individuals