Growth, Innovation, and the Accelerating Pace of Urban Life: Are 21st Century Cities Sustainable?

An Oppenheim Lecture featuring Geoffrey West, Distinguished Professor and Past President of The Santa Fe Institute, held on March 7, 2012.

Growth, Innovation, and the Accelerating Pace of Urban Life: Are 21st Century Cities Sustainable?

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Dr. West is a prize winning theoretical physicist whose primary interests have been in fundamental questions in physics and biology, ranging from the elementary particles and their cosmological implications to the origins of universal scaling laws and a unifying quantitative framework of biology.

His recent work focuses on developing an underlying quantitative theory for the structure and dynamics of cities, companies, and long-term global sustainability. Dr. West’s work shows that sustainability depends on how cities grow, how people innovate and how much we can accelerate the pace of innovation and life. Join us as he talks about how quantitative theory and data can explain the environmental sustainability of cities and businesses. To learn more about the speaker click here.

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To view Dr. West's presentation click here.

Co-Sponsored by: UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy

Co-Hosted by: UCLA Department of Urban Planning, Luskin School of Public Affair, UCLA IoES Center for Sustainable Urban Systems, UCLA IoES Corporate Partners Program, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, Luskin School of Public Affairs.