Cities of the Future: Challenges and Exciting Opportunities – NEW

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Biweekly, Tuesday, 12-2, Week 2      Room 1    Space Available

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.


Huguette Blanco ( is a retired academic. She immigrated to Canada fifty years ago and has been a member of the Academy for 2 years.

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).

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