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November 10, 2006

Global Place

A century ago, the planet was primarily rural; today it is half urban; and in twenty-five years it will be predominately urban. What does this mean for the design, production, sustainability and experience of our buildings and cities? For the sense of community and place? The University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning's centennial conference will bring together two dozen renowned architects, urban planners, researchers and scholars from around the world. The line-up features Homi Bhabha, Charles Correa, Kenneth Frampton, Liane LeFaivre, Saskia Sassen, Michael Sorkin, David Harvey, Susan Fainstein, Ken Yeang, Yung Ho Chang, Dan Soloman, Marilyn Taylor, Bish Sanyal, John Habraken, Arif Hasan, Phillip Enquist, David Orr, Anthony Townsend, Anne Spirn, Lars Lerup, Ricky Burdett, and your correspondent. Phew.

Posted by John Thackara at November 10, 2006 07:58 PM

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"A century ago, the planet was primarily rural; today it is half urban; and in twenty-five years it will be predominately urban."

come on fella, that's misleading. Maybe the population will be predominately urban but the way you've written it suggests we're going to have concreted over all the fields....

Posted by: Piers Fawkes at November 11, 2006 11:01 PM

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