Climate Change and the Role of Cities

Aliye P. Celik and Lance Jay Brown, FAIA


Climate change represents an unprecedented threat to our future. The challenge of climate change comes at a time when the world is beset by the threat of pandemics and the need to accommodate a global population growth of 3 billion by end of the century. New population growth will be attracted to cities and place greater stress on their resources. Cities increasingly occupy central economic and cultural roles in their regions and countries and cannot fail.

In spite of the challenges, cities led by innovative local governments have been leaders in planning for climate change through urban regeneration and reuse of public spaces. This conference has invited a cross section of global cities from each continent for an exchange of case studies on planning for climate change and a discussion of the critical role of design of public spaces in urban regeneration

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