Today, more people live in cities than their rural counterparts. As an urban species it is imperative we bridge the divide between man and nature, better understanding the interaction of urban areas and their surrounding ecology for a sustainable future.
Rethinking the City
By 2050, urban areas will account for nearly two out of three people and create three-quarters of the world’s emissions. In the face of unprecedented population growth and climate change, we need to better understand and manage the interconnection between cities and their surrounding ecology.
We cannot ignore that our cities are inextricably linked and a part of nature, not separate from it. Understanding the interconnection between human activity, resource use, protecting biodiversity and the interdependence between cities themselves is essential to solve the critical sustainability issues facing the Pacific Rim societies. The APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Program hosted by the University of Oregon aims to unite policy-makers, researchers, and practitioners from across disciplines to find answers to the big social, urban, and ecological questions of our time.
In one of the world’s most rapidly urbanizing regions, interconnection is key to solving critical sustainability issues facing the Pacific Rim, including supplying adequate food, water, and energy, while preserving vulnerable populations and ecosystems. APRU seeks to make these interconnections and draw on the strengths of differences across the region, using different viewpoints to solve urban and sustainability challenges that transcend city and country boundaries in the Pacific Rim.
Bart Johnson, Chair, University of Oregon Yekang Ko, Program Director, University of Oregon
Dennis Galvan & Yizhao Yang, University of Oregon
Jennifer Amparo & Armin Sarthou, Jr., University of the Philippines
Paola Boarin, University of Auckland
Chun-Yen Chang, National Taiwan University
Shengquan Che, Shanghai Jiatong University
Chingwen Cheng, Arizona State University
Jinhyun Chon, Korea University
Makena Coffman, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
John Dunn I. & Ximena Córdova Vallejo, Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Robert Dyball, Australian National University
Catherine Evans, University of New South Wales
Jeff Hou, Nancy Rottle & Anne Taufen, University of Washington
Jie Hu, Tsinghua University
Yun Hye Hwang, National University of Singapore
Beatriz Maturana Cossio, University of Chile
Roberto Ponce Lopez, Tec de Monterrey
Mathew Pryor, The University of Hong Kong
Hongyang Wang, Nanjing University
Christina Schönleber, APRU International Secretariat
Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conferences & Activities