Cities are fundamental to our society, and more than half the world’s population now lives in urban areas. But cities are not static entities and change is one of their key constants. How did cities become so important to contemporary life, economics and culture? Part one of this illustrated talk will explore some of the foundational ideas of what a city is and how cities developed over time. Part two will examine changes that have taken place in Waterloo Region and how we can see, interpret, and understand them by looking at the spaces around us. Open seating is available for 75 individuals.
Brian Doucet is a Canada Research Chair in Urban Change and Social Inclusion in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo. His work examines housing, gentrification, communities, and how people experience neighbourhood change and long-term trends in cities. Born and raised in Toronto, Brian lived and studied in the Netherlands between 2004 and 2017 before moving to Waterloo Region last year.