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3507.3 - Monitoring Global Urbanization: The Atlas of Urban Expansion

Monday, July 3
2:10 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Maryland B

The Atlas of Urban Expansion 2016 edition made its debut at Habitat III as an online tool that can be used to monitor progress in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, and to track global urbanization generally. A partnership of UN-Habitat, New York University, and the Lincoln Institute, the new and improved Atlas – based on the initial online resource and three publications, the Atlas of Urban Expansion, Planet of Cities, and Making Room for a Planet of Cities – is an extraordinary library of satellite imagery showing how 200 sample cities have grown physically from 1990 to 2015. Accompanying analysis shows how land consumption is increasing at an unsustainable rate, and growth at the periphery of sprawling metropolitan areas in the developing world lacks open space, short blocks for walkability, and access to arterial roads for people to get to work. The Atlas, which has been featured in The Atlantic's CityLab and Citiscope, seeks to take an abstract concept – global urbanization – and make it more understandable. The Atlas is designed to be open-source, and able to be modified by multiple contributions, including crowdsourcing, in the future.

Armando Carbonell

Senior Fellow & Chair, Department of Planning and Urban Form
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Armando Carbonell FAICP has led the urban planning program at the Lincoln Institute since 1999. Starting out as an academic geographer, he initiated a new planning system for Cape Cod, as the founding E.D. of the Cape Cod Commission. He was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Design School, has taught at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, consulted on master plans from Texas to China, and is author/editor of numerous works on city and regional planning and climate change. He is a fellow at the Academy of Social Sciences and Lifetime Honorary Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.


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Anthony Flint

Fellow & Director of Public Affairs
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Anthony Flint, a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, is author of Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow; Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City; This Land: The Battle over Sprawl and the Future of America; and Smart Growth Policies: An Evaluation of Programs and Outcomes. He has been a journalist, smart growth policy adviser for Massachusetts state government, a fellow at Harvard Design School, American Library in Paris, and Rockefeller Foundation; and is a contributor to The Atlantic’s CityLab & The Boston Globe.


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