“the most remarkable social phenomenon of the present century is the concentration of population in cities.” Adna Weber 
Enough writing about agglomeration, urban innovation,and the future of cities, here’s a talk about it. Edward Glaeser, economist and professor from Harvard and author of the Triumph of the City: How our greatest invention makes us richer, smarter, greener, healthier and happier (reviewed here by Patrick) will be speaking at the University of Auckland on Monday 1 July.
Glaeser’s exhaustive research identifies the benefits of densification and urban agglomeration across cities worldwide. Glaeser and fellow urban economists are increasingly finding that it is people’s ability to collaborate and learn from each other that is the key to innovation and prosperity. This “where good ideas come from” thesis is facilitated by a sort of city-ness structure that is being nurtured through municipal creative-class initiatives, and being replicated by corporations such as Zappo’s and Google.
While clearly a market-oriented cat, Glaeser eschews conventional top down, silver-bullet economic development strategies (eg motorways and convention centres), for more organic, broad-based strategies such as investing in education and increasing housing supply.
We highly recommend this talk as it will be very relevant to the future direction of Auckland. Follow ATB on twitter (@AkTransportBlog), as someone may be live tweeting a bit of it under the hashtag #GlaeserAKL.
Here is a link to register for the event.
1 July, 6:00 PM start.
The University of Auckland Business School, Lecture Theatre OGGB5, Level 0, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland
The council is also holding an Auckland Conversations event with Glaeser earlier in the day which is being held:
Monday 1 July, 2pm-4pm Aotea Centre, Upper NZI Conference Room.
You can register for it here.