Urban Design After the Age of Oil

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In October 1958 the Rockefeller Foundation sponsored a small conference on urban design at the University of Pennsylvania, attended by Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs, Louis Kahn, I.M. Pei, Kevin Lynch and other notable architects, planners and journalists. It sparked a revolution in urban planning and changed the face of our cities.

Fifty years later, planners, architects and yes, even bloggers have gathered in Philadelphia again to look at the issues that will affect our communities in the next fifty years: Re-imaginging cities after the age of oil.

I will be reporting from the conference for the next two days, as will correspondents from Grist, Metropolis, Planetizen, the New American City and Wired.

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