International Trends, Domestic Impacts
September 30, 2012
"Take your head out of the sand — global conditions do affect the U.S."
As U.S. planners confront the key issues outlined by the presidents of AIA, ASLA, and APA, in the inaugural lecture, they will find that international trends affect the domestic scene in tangible ways. The global economy as shaped by demographic shifts and resulting changes in settlement patterns, energy consumption, and food security, is transforming the world of today and tomorrow and tracks directly into our cities and regions. This phenomenon will be reflected in how we think about sustainability and resilience in our own metropolitan areas and presses upon us an urgent need to frame our current work responsively.
Eugenie L. Birch, FAICP, is the Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education, and Chair of the Graduate Group in City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.