Past Event

The Future of Cities: Rethinking Urban Sustainability

February 11, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Online Event

Today, almost 56% of the world’s population live in urban habitats.

Even as the rate of urbanization continues to grow, climate change and weather-related disasters, poor air quality, water scarcity, disappearing biodiversity, and excessive waste, are some of the conditions that deeply affect urban communities and the areas beyond.

The recent pandemic-related lockdown has offered us new ways to reflect upon what works and what is lost by living in cities, the relationship of cities to nature, and how we design cities that are resilient and manage resources efficiently and equitably.

This discussion will offer insight into cities' capacity to implement a green recovery and explore the potential of emerging forms of multilateral, multilevel, and multi-stakeholder partnerships. Our panel of experts will engage with the latest models and theories for promoting sustainable cities, offering perspectives from design and planning, engineering, technology, and governance.

Collaboratory will be introduced by:

  • Shannon Marquez, Dean of Undergraduate Global Engagement
  • Safwan M. Masri, EVP for Global Centers and Global Development

Moderated by Amale Andraos, Dean of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation


  • Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi, Lecturer at Sciences Po and Chairman of Urban Flag
  • Kate Orff, Director, Urban Design Program, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
  • Jacqueline Klopp, Co-Director + Research Scholar, Center for Sustainability, Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Flavia Neves Maia, Columbia World Projects, Obama Foundation Scholar, Columbia University

Contact Information

Columbia Global Centers