[PODCAST] Next Talk #1: Mark Swilling

A talk on the challenges of planetary urbanism and the evolutionary potential of the present.


The global transition to a low carbon sustainable world is a challenge that is being faced at a time when the majority of people live in cities. The extra 2.5 billion people that will result in global population growth from 7 to 9.5 billion people will land up in African and Asian cities. It is therefore vital that cities find ways to decarbonize and become more resource efficient. The result is the proliferation of urban experiments around the world that reflect in the present what is possible on scale in the future. In his talk, Swilling discusses the significance and implications of these urban transitions.

Mark Swilling is a member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel and Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development at Stellenbosch University, Cape Town. He is also involved with the Stellenbosch Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, and one of the guest curators of Urban Africa; What’s Next? which is integrated in the main exhibition of IABR–2016. This podcast was recorded on April 29, 2016 at IABR–2016.