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Instructions and Help about Which 8850 Form Urban

So welcome back I'm Neil Brenner I teach urban theory at this fine institution it's wonderful to be here with everyone it's really a privilege to chair this panel with two really cutting-edge thinkers about the contemporary urban condition we have a slightly smaller group at this stage of the day but just so everyone knows some of the faculty have to teach and have other obligations but well hopefully I've been told they will be returning so we can expect the the size of the audience to fluctuate during the day but we're delighted to have all of you with us so and I also just want to join my colleagues in thanking the Dida's team boya young and Majda for their incredible dedication and hard work I started conversations with them many many months ago about planning this and you all have really rocked it in terms of not just the organizational coherence but the intellectual vision behind the conference it's really a wonderful opportunity for all of us at the school to reflect upon some fundamental issues that really underpin and animate the work that so many of us are doing both in our research and in our practice so hats off to the Dida's team and also I just want to have a look at the list of I mean they went through it earlier but have a look if you haven't already on the program of the list of all the different units at the GSD that have contributed to supporting this so the effort to kind of construct the budget in order to make it possible to bring everyone here and to support this day was also a very non-trivial thing and you know we're all grateful to them for making that effort and I also just want to reiterate their thanks to all the different departments and units around the GSD that have contributed because sometimes you have to cobble it together you don't just have like a budget okay the cut here it is we can do the conference you have to kind of go door-to-door and person-to-person meet with people and they did that so a lot a lot of work went on behind the scenes so in terms of this this afternoon's panel the way I would frame it pretty simple but fundamental we've been talking about the forming of a certain process the spatial structure ation of a certain process but what about the urban so to some degree the last panel was wrestling the urban was there of course but to some degree in the foreground was the question of the the sort of spatial patterning and that'll certainly still be on the table today with both of our authors both of our speakers but also in the foreground the urban itself what is the urban how do we understand it as a spatial crystallization and as a process of ongoing negotiation and transformation how do we understand its geographies how do we measure it how do we conceptualize it I think both of our speakers today are really at the cutting edge of attempts in a variety of different disciplines to wrestle with those questions so I'm going to introduce both speakers at once and maybe just a word or two about why I think they're so important to this problematic and then I'll turn it over to them and they've promised to adhere to the rigorous twenty minute rule so Colin McFaul and my introductions are gonna be pretty brief I think people are pretty familiar with with these speakers but I just say a few words Colin McFarland his professor of geography at Durham University really one of the best geography departments in the world he's the author of many many articles in probably some of the best Human Geography urban geography political economic cultural geography journals in the world he also wrote a book called learning the city and he um has edited many other books his key agendas involved investigating the experience and politics of informal urban neighborhoods specifically with reference to among other issues sanitation he's worked extensively in Mumbai he's also worked in Cape Town Cape Town and a number of other African cities he's now involved in a very large-scale long-term project studying a variety of different Asian cities in comparative perspectives sure Lobo angel Solly angel is professor of City Planning at the NYU Maron Institute my former University nYU but it was before the Maron Institute was founded Solly is the author of many books many articles in urban social science journals around the world among his recent and I think really foundational contributions to the field our planet of cities and atlas of urban expansion which are attempts to empirically document the spatial reorganization of urban life on a world scale and I'm sure that we'll hear more about that project today sauly has he's program director of the urban expansion project at NYU and he's also been an adviser to the UN the World Bank the inter-american Development Bank and and so forth so as you will shortly see these authors in many ways have out allied questions but they confront those questions in radically different ways so Solly is someone who has spent a lot of time for many years trying to empirically document urbanization and urban expansion this poses tremendous problems of data collection and I've used Solly as someone who as many of you will know Kingsley Davis back in the 1950s and 60s was one of the pioneers of trying to confront the problem of developing a kind of standardized data set through which to measure global urbanization and I've used Solly angel as really kind of if I may put it this way and it's intended as flattering certainly not as critique because I really admire Kingsley gave us this work but he's the kind of a contemporary version of