Some of what we’ll be talking about next week is how to use a city as the canvas for our research and teaching. Cities present many social needs and bureaucratic obstacles, but they are also rich in diversity and creativity.
In every room of The Ogden there is a copy of Ed Glaeser’s book Triumph of the City. Here is the abbreviated version of Glaeser’s argument: http://blog.ted.com/2012/02/29/cities-ed-glaeser-at-ted2012/
And you might also watch this series of talks about why mayors are best equipped to effect real change in our urban landscape, including talks by seven global mayors: http://blog.ted.com/2013/09/20/why-mayors-have-more-chance-of-saving-the-world-than-global-leaders-do/