University of Vermont

Lecture to Look at Future of Urban Growth

Despite the recent slowdown in U.S. population growth, the Census Bureau expects the U.S. population to exceed 400 million by 2050. Where will all these new people go? Where should they go? A new generation of GIS-based urban growth and visualization models can help urban and regional planners develop robust scenarios connecting present-day policies to future urban growth patterns and environmental conditions.

John Landis, Crossways Professor and department chair of City & Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, will explore the theory underlying these models and show how they can be used to forecast urban growth and its impacts in a lecture, Friday, Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. in Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building.

The talk, "How Should We Grow? Using GIS to Forecast Future Urban Growth Patterns and Their Impacts," is part of the Burack President's Distinguished Lecture Series and is sponsored by Transportation Research Center. A reception will follow.

Landis teaches courses in urban economics, GIS, property development, land use planning, green development, and statistics. He also directs the Master of Spatial Analytics Program and was previously on the faculties of UC Berkeley, Georgia Tech and the University of Rhode Island.

Information: (802) 656-3946.