America in 2050 – What Will We Build, How Will We Live?

July 7, 2010   6:00 pm   
The Century Association
7 W. 43rd St. (bet. Fifth & Sixth Aves.)
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Forum for Urban Design
Dinner, open to Forum members and invited guests, follows at 8 p.m. ($150).

What will America look like in 2050 when its population is expected to increase by over 100 million people? Will the next 100 million Americans live in sprawling, auto-dependent, and geographically vast suburbs or will we see a shift to denser walkable urban areas? The Forum for Urban Design will host a conversation between Joel Kotkin, urban historian and author of THE NEXT HUNDRED MILLION: America in 2050 and Christopher B. Leinberger, visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of The Option of Urbanism on what the future of the American urban/suburban landscape will hold. These two gentlemen hold differing views of the future of America and will discuss them in a special conversation moderated by Kenneth T. Jackson, Professor in History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University and author of Cities in American History. The Forum for Urban Design invites you to come and join the debate - how will we live in 2050?