Mark Swilling: Planetary Urbanism
The global transition to a low carbon sustainable world is a challenge that is being faced at a time when the majority of people live in cities.
Mark Swilling

picture: Hans Tak

The extra 2.5 billion people that will result in global population growth from 7 to 9.5 billion people will land up in African and Asian cities. It is therefore vital that cities find ways to decarbonize and become more resource efficient. The result is the proliferation of urban experiments around the world that reflect in the present what is possible on scale in the future. Swilling will discuss the significance and implications of these urban transitions.

Respondent for the lecture is Eric Frijters, architect and director .FABRIC

Mark Swilling is a member of UNEP's International Resource Panel and Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development at Stellenbosch University, Cape Town. He is also involved with the Stellenbosch Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, and one of the guest curators of Urban Africa; What's Next? integrated in the main exhibition of IABR–2016.

Time: 5.30 - 7 p.m.
Location: Fenixloods II, Paul Nijghkade 19, Rotterdam
Language: English
Admission fee: none, provided you can produce a valid exhibition ticket.
Making a reservation in advance is highly recommended. Please go to our online ticketshop here.

Every Friday afternoon, a Next Talk will take place in the auditorium of THE NEXT ECONOMY-exhibition. Radical and provocative ideas for the future of the city are given a platform. International speakers stimulate and intensify the debate about the Next Economy.

Quick bite after a Next Talk? Tasty vegetarian soups are served with bread, beer, wine and water until 10 p.m. at Gallery Robert van Oosterom. Gallery Robert van Oosterom is situated at the ground floor of the Fenixloods II, next to the IABR–2016.