Date(s) - March 29, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
LSC 376, Lory Student Center
Urban (In)Equality and Materiality:
A Global, Deep Time Perspective
Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Denver
Scholarly research suggests that the more inclusive and equitable a city, the more prosperous and sustainable it is overall. Today, race and class-based segregations continue to plague cities worldwide. To remedy these inequalities, we need to look for new sources of ideas about urban planning and policy. This talk considers the 6000-year history of city building as one such source. Ancient cities in Asia, Africa, and the Americas are wellsprings of learning about equitable urbanism. They illustrate collective governance in the distribution of life-sustaining resources. They demonstrate effective resource sharing across ethnic and ecological boundaries. They show how public space can accommodate the masses, delight the senses, and cultivate a shared identity and destiny. Together, ancient cities tell some different stories about social being and belonging in urban contexts, and implicate alternative principles and pathways for building the equitable city.
About the Speaker:
Dean Saitta is professor of Anthropology and director of the Urban Studies program at the University of Denver. His research interests include ancient city planning and design, comparative architectural and urban form, and North American archaeology. He is the creator and editor of Intercultural Urbanism, a blog offering perspectives on urban culture, space, architecture and design, and is a featured essayist for Planetizen, a public interest urban planning website.