Tuesday, March 26 at 9:30am to 3:00pm
TCC 227, Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Rosen Family Screening Room 3607 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089
In the last few decades, the Middle East has experienced one of the highest rates of urbanization in the world. Combined with one of the highest birth rates and a high rate of foreign migrant labor, the region’s urban population has grown too fast for the dated urban infrastructure. This has led to a number of crises in housing, water and power supply, education, transportation, to say nothing of garbage, and pollution. If that were not enough, vast construction projects launched from Beirut to Dubai, Cairo to Istanbul, Tehran to Casablanca, are creating additional stresses on existing systems. This urban transformation is taking place at a time when cities around the world are concerned with the impact of climate change, leading to questions of whether urban development can, in fact, be done "sustainably." For this conference we bring together experts working across academic disciplines to discuss urban challenges in the Middle East and how civil society is engaged in addressing these issues.