If the climate problem is going to be addressed successfully, the high emissions energy and transport systems on which the provision of electricity and mobility depend must change. the bulk of these changes must happen where most of us live: it is cities that must change. For it is cities where more than 50% of humanity now lives, 75% of the world's energy is used, and around 70% of our greenhouse gasses are emitted. But how far can prevailing assumptions regarding the city and what a sustainable city is, take us? What are the challenges of overcoming our assumptions regarding suburbia, 'green spaces' and pursuing development that promotes lively, attractive and sustainable places where we can live and work. Is this a brave new workd, or are we returning to the practices of the past where development was mixed with high quality public amenity and given time to mature and grow? (Source: the Deakins Brochure).
David Owen has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1991. He is the author of more than a dozen books, most recently Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and driving less are the Keys to Sustainability. (Source: the Deakins Brochure).