IPPA Public Lecture May 28th: The Role of Universities in Shaping Urban Development

Date: 28 May 2018
May 28th 2018, 18:00 - 19:30
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Dr Piotr Lorens
Head, Department of Urban Design and Regional Planning, 
Faculty of Architecture, Gdansk University of Technology

Cities are in search for various solutions allowing them to gain a better position in local, national and international development. One of the strategies is associated with building strong ties with research and higher education institutions, allowing simultaneous growth of both entities. In many cases, this partnership may be extremely beneficial for cities, as – despite all economic and social benefits – cities can gain professional advice and build partnerships with various entities through cooperation with both institutions and individual professionals, often offering unique expertise and wider outlook to the problems and issues.

Several issues associated with cooperation between municipalities and universities will be tackled during the lecture. There will be a special focus on city planning and development, within which the experience of cooperation between Gdansk University of Technology and Polish municipalities will be discussed. In addition, issues associated with developing and implementing the concepts of "smart and attractive cities" will be widely discussed.

Dr Piotr Lorens is a Professor of Urban Design and Development, and since 2007, the Head of the Department of Urban Design and Regional Planning at the Faculty of Architecture, Gdansk University of Technology. He is also the Acting President of the Society of Polish Town Planners, and a member of the International Society of City and Regional Planners. He has delivered numerous guest lectures at universities around Europe and globally. 

He holds a PhD and graduated as an Architect from the Gdansk University of Technology, and holds a Doctor of Science degree in Architecture from Warsaw University of Technology. He completed post-graduate studies as Fulbright Fellow at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

University of International Business
Room 113
8a Abay Avenue
Almaty, Kazakhstan

The presentation will be conducted in English.

The seating places are limited. The lecture will be followed by a reception (iftar dinner). Please register by sending a request for a participation to madina.junussova@ucentralasia.org with your name and affiliation.

* Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.
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