Re-Imagining Cities: Urban Design After the Age of Oil

November 7-8, 2008
Philadelphia, PA
Peter Head of Arup, Elizabeth Kolbert of The New Yorker, and more than 70 scholars and practitioners from around the world will discuss how urban designers and public and private decision-makers are re-imagining our cities in the face of costly energy and global warming. Register now to join the discussion of how to achieve the new sustainable urban world at this groundbreaking symposium.


This symposium has been organized to address the role of urban design in the face of one of the most profound and important challenges facing global society: the need to re-imagine and rethink how cities are designed and organized in a future without the plentiful and abundant oil upon which prosperous urban economies have been built.
The event marks the 50th Anniversary of the 1958 University of Pennsylvania/Rockefeller Foundation “Conference on Urban Design Criticism,” whose participants included Jane Jacobs, Louis Kahn, Kevin Lynch, Ian McHarg, Lewis Mumford, and I.M. Pei. That historic conference helped shape the new field of urban design in the 20th Century. Now, we hope you will participate in this critical exploration of new directions for 21st Century urban design.
The program speaks to the depth and diversity of the challenge with sessions on innovations in the way cities are conceived, adapted, designed, developed, and managed in a post-carbon world. The conference will conclude with a manifesto on educating the next generation of urban designers and how best to equip them for the road ahead.
An accompanying exhibition showcases innovative ideas, projects, initiatives, and policies from around the world that seek to reduce emissions by changing the way we inhabit cities.
For more information, visit Re-Imagining Cities: Urban Design After the Age of Oil.