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City Planning in the Twenty First Century

A Competition to Articulate a New Path Forward
Terms of Reference, July, 2011
You are invited to share your ideas on how Urban and City Planning should respond to the urgent issues faced by cities in the 21st Century. How should we plan for sustainable cities? The paper should not exceed 3,000 words, and should include: (i) an Abstract; (ii) a brief review of the tenets of urban planning and previous and potential paradigm-shifts; (iii) an appreciation of the tension between the ideal future vision for cities and the demands of today’s taxpayers. In addition, we suggest that you describe the “ideal urban planning” that would serve the future sustainable city, taking into account today’s unique conditions, such as: Technological possibilities; Increasing knowledge and creativity; Expanding connectivity and borderless communities; Capacity to engage and quickly share knowledge around the globe; City scale; Resource scarcity, such as constraints on carbon-based energy sources (climate change, peak oil); Greater climate variability and rising sea levels; Demographic changes, employment, economic constraints and expansion, inequality and urbanizing poverty; Rate of urbanization and total global population. You should also include major issues such as: The necessity to move towards zero-carbon atmospheric emission (and implications for organizations and construction of the urban space); The promise of greater democracy and citizen involvement in urban planning regardless of their economic or legal status; The vision of a compassionate city attentive to its poorest residents; The uncertainty associated with all urban forecasts (climate, resources, political, demographic, technological development). Also consider how much of your vision is resource-dependent. Can sustainable and affordable green cities be scaled up with much greater efficiency and lower resource consumption? Your vision should recognize the potential of, and threats to, cities – the anchors of our economies, cultures, environmental challenges and drivers of local, regional and global political actions. Your proposals will be analyzed by a committee of urban specialists (from well-known universities, organizations and think tanks). The best papers will be published and disseminated widely.

The winning entry will receive $5,000 plus travel costs for a speaking tour that could include at least Paris, Boston, Toronto and Washington, D.C.

Recognition and summaries of the best papers will appear in publications of the following organizations: Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, World Bank, United Nations Environment Program, UN-HABITAT, Siemens, Philips, Global City Indicator Facility, IBM, World Economic Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Full contest details are available at www.urbanknowledge.org.

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