"Extreme Cities" — A Conversation with Author Ashley Dawson
Ashley Dawson, the PEI 2017-18 Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities, will talk about his recent book, "Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change," at 6 p.m Wed., March 14, at Labyrinth Books in Princeton. Dawson and guest Thanu Yakupitiyage, U.S. Communications Manager for 350.org, will discuss the ways in which cities drive climate change while being on the front line of the coming climate crisis.
Dawson’s book was named among the top 10 books of 2017 by Publishers Weekly and Planetizen(link is external). In "Extreme Cities," he portrays our cities as ground zero for climate change — they generate more than 70 percent of carbon emissions, but also are threatened by violent storms, catastrophic flooding and rising sea levels. Densely populated and primarily coastal, our cities continue to grow in ways defined by reckless sprawl, devastating pollution, and pockets of fabulous wealth surrounded by crushing poverty. Dawson analyzes the legacies of injustice and profligacy that imperil our cities. More importantly, he spotlights the efforts of politicians, scientists, architects, engineers and motivated citizens to slow the destruction, instill equality and ensure that the world's cities — and the people in them — survive into the next century. As Dawson writes, the future is about "fighting for the city as it may be rather than the city as it currently exists, the good city of the future rather than the extreme city of the present."
This event is open to the public and is sponsored by PEI, Labyrinth Books, and the Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities.