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Universal Scaling, Urban Planning, and Innovation

Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future Distinguished Lecturer Prof. Geoffrey West answers Pardee Faculty Fellow Prof. Enrique Silva’s question about innovation in urban planing in the context of universal scaling at the Distinguished Lecture given on April 4, 2013 and titled, Growth, Innovation, and the Accelerating Pace of Life from Cells to Cities.The lecture is available in full in the Pardee Center Multimedia Archive.

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Geoffrey West Explains Universal Scaling

In this clip taken from the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future Distinguished Lecture, Professor Geoffrey West explains how the universal scaling laws governing cells apply to the growth of cities as well. Prof. West’s lecture was titled, Growth, Innovation, and the Accelerating Pace of Life from Cells to Cities was presented on April 4, 2013. The lecture is available in full in the Pardee Center Multimedia Archive.

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Pardee Informal Conversation: The Cultural and Epistemological Meanings of the Future

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On Wednesday April 10, 2013 Pardee Post-Doctorate Research Fellow Dr. Laura Ann Twagira lead an informal discussion about the different ways in which perceptions of the future influence academic scholarship at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University. This conversation begins an open and critical exploration into how cultural imaginings of the future, including linguistic, philosophical, literary, theological, historical, and/or other intellectual conceptions of the future shape notions of development, progress, and the possibilities for bettering the human condition. 

Participants included: Prof. James McCann (history), Prof. Eugenio Menegon (history), Prof. Betty Anderson (history), Dr. Laura Ann Twagira (history), Prof. Carrie Preston (English/gender studies), Dr. Cigdem Benam (Middle East Studies), Derrick Muwina (theology), Dr. Shelby Carpenter (anthropology), Prof. Daivi Rodima (anthropology), and Susan Zalkind (media).

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The New Global Agreement on Mercury: Dentistry

Panelists Prof. Noelle Eckley Selin, (Atmospheric Chemistry, MIT) and Pardee Faculty Fellow Henrik Selin (International Relations, BU) discuss the environmental and health consequences of using mercury in dental practice as how dental mercury was addressed at the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Watch the complete Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future House Seminar titled The New Global Agreement on Mercury: Will It Make a Difference? here.

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The Urban Century: The Urban Metabolism

Pardee Faculty Fellow Nathan Phillips discusses “The Urban Metabolism” and how the information he gathers from tracking carbon dioxide from rooftops allows him to study cities as if they were organisms.  Prof. Philips of the BU Earth and Environment Department gave this talk at The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University  for the Pardee House Seminar “The Urban Century: Local Challenges, Global Matters” on Thursday, December 13, 2012. Paul McManus, director of Boston University’s Sustainable Neighborhood Lab project, moderated the panel, and Prof. Susan Eckstein of the Sociology Department, and Steven Strauss, former head of economic development strategy in New York City under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a 2012 Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University also spoke. The entire seminar is available on the Pardee Center website here. 

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The Urban Century: Predictions

Steven Strauss, former head of economic development strategy in New York City under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a 2012 Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University predicts upcoming changes and challenges in urban areas at The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University House Seminar “The Urban Century: Local Challenges, Global Matters” on Thursday, December 12, 2012. Pardee Faculty Fellow Paul McManus, director of Boston University’s Sustainable Neighborhood Lab project, moderated the panel, and Pardee Faculty Fellow Prof. Susan Eckstein of the Sociology Department and Pardee Faculty Fellow Nathan Phillips of the BU Earth and Environment Department also spoke. The entire seminar is available on the Pardee Center website here.

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The Urban Century: City States

Experts discuss city states at The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University for the Pardee House Seminar titled,“The Urban Century: Local Challenges, Global Matters,” on Thursday, December 13, 2012. Pardee Faculty Fellow Paul McManus, director of Boston University’s Sustainable Neighborhood Lab project, Pardee Faculty Fellow Prof. Nathan Phillips of the BU Earth and Environment Department, Pardee Faculty Fellow Prof. Susan Eckstein of the Sociology Department, and Steven Strauss, former head of economic development strategy in New York City under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a 2012 Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University participated. The entire seminar is available here at the Pardee Center website. 

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