Saskia Sassen gave an interesting talk yesterday at the World Bank's Urban Research Symposium in Marseilles. Her ideas about "delegating back to nature" and seeing the city as a complex ecological system ressonate well with the ideas that Jeb Bruggman was working with at the ICLEI World Congress a few weeks ago. I've posted a slightly edited three part video of her talk below.
I've been tossing ideas around here about what a city might look like if we got really ambitious about sustainability. Sassen's presentation is a good contribution to that conversation. I'll save my thoughts for later (I am still in the symposium). But I'd love to hear what other people think about her ideas.
Click "read more" for parts 2 &3..
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