Managing Urban Expansion: From Global Monitoring to Stakes in the Ground
Dr. Angel leads the NYU Urban Expansion Program. The primary mission of the Program is to lend assistance to the municipalities of rapidly growing cities in making room for their inevitable expansion, making realistic projections of the future land needs as well as minimum necessary preparations for accommodating the growth of their populations in an orderly and sustainable manner, ensuring that land remains plentiful and affordable. The secondary mission of the NYU Urban Expansion Program is to gain a better understanding of urban expansion the world over by monitoring it in the entire universe of the 4,250 cities and metropolitan areas that had 100,000 people or more in 2010, and by collecting and analyzing evidence on the quantity of land required for urban expansion, on its physical organization and its affordability, and on the forces affecting it in a stratified global sample of 200 of these cities. Dr. Angel will report on current progress in the Program.
Shlomo (Solly) Angel is a Professor of City Planning at the NYU Stern Urbanization Project, located within the Stern School of Business and the Marron Institute of Urban Management of New York University. He is now leading the NYU Urban Expansion Program there.
Prior to joining the NYU Stern Urbanization Project, Dr. Angel was a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy of Cambridge, Massachusetts. This resulted in the publication in 2012 of his most recent book, Planet of Cities and its companion Atlas of Urban Expansion (with colleagues Jason Parent, Daniel Civco and Alejandro Blei).
Dr. Angel holds an architecture degree and a doctorate in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a co-author of A Pattern Language; the author of Housing Policy Matters (Oxford University Press, 2000), the co-author of the World Bank’s housing policy paper titled Housing: Enabling Markets to Work, and the author of more than a dozen monographs on housing policy in different countries in Latin Americas. As an international expert on housing and urban development he has consulted the United Nations, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and numerous national governments. He has also taught urban planning at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok (10 years), as well as at Princeton University (7 years) and at NYU (10 years). Dr. Angel key contribution to the field of housing, urban planning, and urban policy has been his work on comparative measurement on a global scale, and on the production of metrics and indicators that can effectively inform planning and policy decisions.
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