Last month KTH – Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm had the distinction of installing world-leading Harvard scholar, Edward Glaeser, as an Honoury Professor. To mark the occasion Ed Glaeser visited KTH and gave a lecture titled: Cities and the Post Urban World.
The recording is available here:
As always, Professor Glaeser gave a sparkling performance spinning data, method innovations and insights together like the premier craftsman of contemporary urban studies he has become. The great thing about watching his lecture on YouTube is that you can pause it (!) to let the impact of his many powerful observations and interpretations sink in. This is a Master’s course in contemporary global urbanism delivered in a little under an hour.
Sustainability for Stockholm – and Beyond
In the context of prosperous and beautiful Stockholm, Ed’s core message really hit home. The global battle for sustainable urbanism will have its front-lines in developing world cities. It is here that the majority of the world lives today and will live in the future. It is here that the greatest urban challenges are being faced – around housing, transportation, healthcare, energy provision and, vitally, equity. And, it is here that we must find solutions.
For a university like KTH in a city like Stockholm that is, perhaps, the world’s most sustainable capital, there is a responsibility beyond ensuring our own future. Those insights we establish in Stockholm and technologies we develop here must be taken forward and made use of in cities around the world. Sustainable urbanism is a global, shared challenge. Many of our projects (and projects developed in other European capitals) would benefit from having this perspective in mind from their initiation. Great for my city AND great for the world should be our mantra.
KTH was also honoured to welcome Professor Fran Tonkiss form LSE Cities and Professor Peter Nijkamp from VU Amsterdam as respondents to Ed Glaeser. Their excellent and insightful lectures are included below.
Professor Fran Tonkiss, LSE:
Professor Peter Nijkmap, VU Amsterdam:
The KTH Centre for a Sustainable Built Environment blog will take a break over the Christmas holidays, returing in the New Year with a blog theme of Smart and Sustainable Cities.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!