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Lecture at the 2nd Future Cities Laboratory conference: Territorial Encounters

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Territorial Encounters focused on the development, the evolution of concepts and strategies for new urban qualities for future cities. Globalization is profoundly reshaping the scale, configuration and functional mix of our cities. This process not only affects the historic urban centres but also the suburban, peri-urban and hinterland regions beyond. Multiple centres, hubs and nodes increasingly supplement the recognizable city centres. These are often drawn together in a network of communication infrastructures (rail, road, air, water, internet) to form complex polycentric urban regions that extend far into once rural hinterlands. Today's urban regions are thus characterized by a variety of different types of urbanization, which include specific potentials and problems for spatial design, planning, modeling and technological innovation. How can we compare and evaluate these types? How can their potential be recognized and promoted? The two day conference addressed these issues under three themed blocks: urban transformation; high tech - low tech; and regional neighbours.

The conference featured representative researchers from each of FCL's research modules, and the following invited guest speakers:

Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner, Angelus Eisinger, Belinda Yuen, Ken Yeang, Chua Beng Huat, Bart Reuser, Jane M. Jacobs, Bill Hillier and Lucy Bullivant.

PDF of programme: http://www.futurecities.ethz.ch/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FCL-Sept-Conference-Programme+Directions.pdf

Video of Lucy Bullivant's lecture: http://www.multimedia.ethz.ch/conferences/2012/territorial/03_tuesday?doi=10.3930/ETHZ/AV-3acd5ed6-6bc8-4677-902f-7c8f5bf4e766&autostart=true

Poster for Future Cities Laboratory 2nd International Conference: Territorial Encounters, September 2012 Poster for Future Cities Laboratory 2nd International Conference: Territorial Encounters, September 2012