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19 NOV 2021 (FRI) 11:00-12:30

Updated: May 19, 2022

Distinguished Webinar Series in Urban and Regional Research

Sponsored jointly by Department of Geography and Department of Urban Planning and Design, HKU

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(Zoom link will be emailed to registrants after the close of registration)


Title of the talk:

The future of cities in a post-pandemic world: Exploring the emerging terra incognita

Humanity is at a cross-road as we gradually enter the post-pandemic world in the coming months. The future of cities in a post-COVID world has been at the front and center of recent scholarship and speculations. This talk reviews the on-going debates and discussions about the future of cities. Instead of siloed predictions, a tetradic analysis and synthesis will be conducted to illustrate what urban forms and functions in the near future will be enhanced, obsolesced, retried, and reversed. As the 4th industrial revolution has accelerated the pace that new urban life will be increasingly conducted in the emerging metaverse, which is often full of paradoxes and contradictions, multiple emerging terra incognita are worth further exploration. To better understand the new dynamics of these emerging terra incognita, a new framework for integrating space and place will be presented to facilitate our understanding of future cities in a post-pandemic world.


Professor Daniel Sui

Vice President, Virginia Tech

Daniel Sui is currently a professor of geography and public & international affairs at Virginia Tech (VT). He also serves as VT’s vice president for research and innovation . Prior to Virginia Tech, Dr. Sui was a distinguished professor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (2018-2020). He also served as Division Director for Social & Economic Sciences at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) between 2016 and 2018. Sui was an Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor at the Ohio State University (OSU) between 2009 and 2018. While at OSU, he served as Chair of Geography between 2011 and 2015 and Director of the Center for Urban & Regional Analysis (CURA) between 2009 and 2012.



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