Investigating the quality of urban life: theory and practice
|Starts:||13:00 3 Sep 2014|
|Ends:||14:30 3 Sep 2014|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Manchester Urban Institute|
|Who is it for:||Current University students, University staff|
CURE guest seminar
Centre for Urban Resiliance and Energy: http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/cure/
Cities worldwide are growing at an unprecedented rate,presenting major challenges: growing populations and expanding infrastructures, demographics and lifestyles, technologies and communities are all in flux. Research that addresses the quality of life (QOL), or quality of urban life (QOUL) of urban residents, can be very helpful in meeting this challenge. Such research can also examine the ‘culture of sustainability’ among urban residents, increasingly important in city management which is not only about planning but ‘enabling’. In this seminar we aim to link the QOUL agenda to wider questions on the CURE agenda. We need to consider the linkage of the QOUL goals with ‘urban resilience’ or ‘urban prosperity’: how far QOUL can be maintained in the coming ‘low carbon’ and ‘sustainable consumption’ transitions: and the role of
urban policy-makers in improving or enabling QOUL.
Organisation: University of Michigan
Biography: Robert W. Marans is a research professor at the Institute for Social Research, and professor emeritus of architecture and urban planning in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Throughout his career, Dr. Marans has conducted research and evaluative studies dealing with various aspects of communities, neighbourhoods, housing, and parks and recreational facilities. His research has focused on attributes of the physical and socio-cultural environments and their influence on individual and group behavior, well-being, and the quality of life.
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