Cities through the Ages: One Thing or Many?

  • Michael Smith, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University
    Coach House, Green College, UBC

    Wednesday, March 29, 5-6:30 pm, reception to follow
    in the series
    The Next Urban Planet: Rethinking the City in Time
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  • If we consider cities from ancient Ur to modern Vancouver, how much variation do we find? Is there one basic type of city with many different historical manifestations? Or perhaps ancient and modern cities are fundamentally different. What about future cities: Will they be similar or different from what we have now?

    Michael Smith argues that there are two answers to the question of “one thing or many” for cities across history. From the perspective of how cities operate as economic and political centres in their society, ancient cities differed greatly from those of today. However, from the perspective of how people use cities—the ways individuals and families interact socially in an urban built environment—then all cities are basically the same.
     
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When
March 29th, 2017 5:00 PM   through   6:30 PM
Location
Coach House
6201 Cecil Green Park Rd
Green College, UBC
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Canada
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