Utzon Lecture - Professor Susan Fainstein


Oct. 16, 2013

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

UNSW Kensington Campus

Utzon Lecture Series

Justice in the Neo-liberal City
Professor Susan Fainstein
Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design, USA

Wednesday 16th October, 2013
Lecture commences at 7:00pm
Ritchie Theatre in The John Niland Scientia Lower Ground, UNSW Kensington Campus (Map Ref G19)

Abstract: Within the global context of heightened competition among cities, approaches to urban development have been justified by their contribution to economic growth rather than to greater justice. For population groups already suffering from various forms of disadvantage, the emphasis on growth has resulted in increased inequality and diminished access to amenities, decent housing, and social services. The use of justice as a governing principle—defined by the criteria of equity, diversity, and democracy—would require that policies be evaluated in terms of their consequences for different social groups. Arguments for giving priority to justice in planning will be presented, and policy examples from New York, Amsterdam, and Singapore used to illustrate different planning approaches and their consequences for more just cities.

Susan S. Fainstein is a Senior Research Fellow in the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she formerly was a professor of urban planning, and is a visiting professor at the Lee Kwan Yew School of the National University of Singapore. Her book The Just City was published in 2010 by Cornell University Press. Among her other books are The City Builders; Restructuring the City; and Urban Political Movements. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award of the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), which recognizes lifetime career achievement, and its Davidoff Book Award. She has also been a professor of planning at Columbia and at Rutgers Universites.