09/11/17 | At this years Falling Walls Conference Berlin 2017 Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow discusses with Edgar Pietersen (African Centre for Cities, University of Capetown) how to break the wall to liveable cities moderated by Andrew Curry (Wired).

Sebastian Turner opening the Falling Walls Conference 2017

The Falling Walls Conference is an annual global gathering of forward thinking individuals from 80 countries organised by the Falling Walls Foundation. Each year on 9 November – the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – 20 of the world’s leading scientists are invited to Berlin to present their current breakthrough research. This year’s speakers incl. outstanding scientists such as nobel prize winner William E. Moerner (Stanford University), Jürgen Schmidhuber (IDSIA, Lugano) or Alexander Betts (University of Oxford).

Falling Walls Conference 2017 Forum: Vanessa Miriam Carlow with Edgar Pietersen

In the Section Breaking the Wall to Liveable Cities Edgar Pietersen – director at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Capetown – discusses how urban studies envision the new era of the metropolis. Pietersen knows what radical and rapid urban change means for a city, a country and a continent. His research takes a multi-faceted approach in analysing slums and the underlying systems that perpetuate poverty, while at the same time reimagining models of cities that can support 10+ million people in humane conditions. Pieterse’s work paves the way for a world that is radically urbanising and in dire need of new policy and planning approaches to tackle inequality and exclusion and shape the cities of the future.

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© Dirk Laessig

© Dirk Laessig