The World in Seven Years: Movement of People

  • May 23, 2014
  • 7:00 pm
  • World Art Centre @ SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Taras Grescoe

50 years ago only 10% of the world’s population lived in urban areas, while as of 2008, over 50% of the world did. But do urban centres have a tipping point, at which they become too big to manage? What’s the perfect balance between transportation, living space and workspace? As population grows exponentially and people move to urban centres, what does the future hold for cities and the people that flock to them?

Find out with Taras Grescoe, author of Bottomfeeder and Straphanger, as he rides public transit into the year 2021.

Programmed in partnership with HarperCollins, The World in Seven Years series invites prominent Canadian and international thinkers to put a stake in the sand about where the world will be in seven years. Too distant a time to be narrow, too proximate to be vague, this lecture series is an opportunity to address the serious issues facing our world in a robust, solutions-oriented approach.

  • Series: The World in Seven Years
  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $10


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