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Biweekly, Tuesday, 12 – 2, Week 2    Space Available
Room 5 (Fall) ; Room 1 (Winter)

It is anticipated that in 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, a majority of them with more than 10 million inhabitants. Building cities that can accommodate such a large number of people is the challenge for the next 25 years. In this workshop we will look at megacities that have successfully or unsuccessfully dealt with the economic, demographic, cultural and management issues they have faced. We will examine the factors that make a megacity livable and sustainable, and we will discuss the research, competitions and projects around the world that will drive planning and investments in megacities. Participants will be asked to make a 20-minute presentation and to actively participate in the bi-weekly discussions.


Andris Rubenis ( was born in a post-WW2 refugee camp in Germany of Latvian parents and came to Toronto at 2. He was a family physician, with an eventual concentration in long-term care medicine. Other interests – grandchildren, anthropology, astronomy, paleo-anything, history, music, guitar, travel, and lifelong learning (just for the sake of it).

Karena de Souza  ( is a strategist and speaker. She currently presents to young adults and their influencers (parents, educators, employers) on the Future of Work. Her degree in Math & Computing led to a long career on Wall Street in IT. She joined the Academy in 2018 drawn by its collaborative learning, breadth of workshops and the cluster of curious minds.

Cities of the Future topics 2019-2020

Cities of the Future schedule 2019-20

Cities of the Future class list 2019-2020