Organized by Waldemar Ratajczak, Peter Nijkamp and Karima Kourtit, this ABC meeting aimed at organizing a fundamental brainstorm activity on the future position of urban agglomerations in an open and globalizing world, taking into consideration that modern urban agglomerations – be it concentrated urban areas or polynuclear settlements – tend to become economic and political powerhouses in a global network society.
The action radius and sphere of influence of these urban agglomerations transcend not only national borders, but their role is often reaching out to continents or the world as a whole. Large urban agglomerations – with an unprecedented range of spatial centripetal and centrifugal forces – tend to turn into command and control hubs, not only in terms of economic or technological power, but also in terms of political power.
The discussions were focused on the following issues:
– Which are the megatrends impacting the development of cities and their socio-economic functionality in the decades to come?
– Which are the challenges (economic, social, technological, logistic, etc.) faced by urban agglomerations in the ‘urban century’?
– Which planning and policy actions are needed to ensure a sound and sustainable development of cities and mega-cities in our world?
– Which are new research directions and conceptual approaches to be explored in order to cope with the opportunities and problems created by the ‘New Urban World’?
Monday, 15 August 2016
09:15 – 10:00
Edward Glaeser (keynote speaker)
Cities and Economic Development
10:00 – 10:30
Cities: Resilient Engines for Progress
11:00 – 11:30
Agglomeration and Spatial Cost-of-Living Differences: Implications for the Inter- and Intra-Urban Distributions of Real Personal Income
11:30 – 12:00
Metropolitan Regions: Preconditions and Strategies for Growth and Development in the Global Economy
12:00 – 12:30
Social Based Management Tools for Resilient Cities
13:30 – 14:00
Governing the Smart City
14:00 – 14:30
Luigi Fusco Girard
Metropolitan Cities: Which Development Strategies? Which Governance Tools? The New Perspectives in Italy
14:30 – 15:00
Soushi Suzuki, Karima Kourtit and Peter Nijkamp
In Pursuit of High-Performance Global Cities – An Economic and Environmental Assessment by Means of a Super-Efficient Data Envelopment Analysis Model with Urban Preferences and Targets of Welfare Indicators?
15:00 – 15:30
The Gamification of Cities on the Move
16:00 – 16:30
The New Geography of Industrial Clustering: An Analysis of Craft Breweries in Select American Cities
Regional Science Footprints
16:30 – 17:00
The Voice of Regional Science
Infrastructure, Economic Equilibrium and Development
17:00 – 17:30
Great Minds in Regional Science
Social Physics in Benon Janowski’s Spatial Economics Works
17:30 – 18:30
Open Forum: Elevator Pitch Presentations & Discussions
18:30 – 19:00
Full scientific and social programme, aims and scope of the event