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What if... Our cities vanished?

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (NZST)

What if... Our cities vanished?

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Presenter: Professor Edward Glaeser, Harvard University

  • What if humanity stopped urbanising?
  • What is the role of cities in promoting economic growth?
  • What are the lessons for the Christchurch rebuild from cities around the world?

Cities are often seen as the source of social problems such as poverty and crime, while we retain romantic notions of idyllic rural life. The truth is very different. In this lecture, Professor Edward Glaeser, the world’s leading expert in the economics of cities, will discuss why cities are crucial to economic development, why proximity has become ever more valuable as the cost of connecting across long distances has fallen and why, contrary to popular myths, dense urban areas are the true friends of the environment, not suburbia.

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A1, North Arts Lecture Theatre, University of Canterbury
Arts Road
Christchurch, Canterbury 8041
New Zealand

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (NZST)


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