GW 2015 explores the history and future of cities. How do historians, anthropologists, urban planners, futurists, and bureaucrats think about cities? Begin your thinking about cities with our guiding questions and key concepts, and join us for a keynote arc moving from past to future.
Guiding questions: What has the role of the city been throughout history? How are decisions made in a city? How is community built and maintained in a city? What is the future of “the city”?
Key Concepts Cities Must Have:
Sense of Identity tied to Place
What is Urban?
What is a City?
The History of Cities
The Future of Cities
The Megacity: Challenges and Opportunities
Local Events Related to Global Week:
December 13, 2014 – June 14, 2015
City life has fascinated artists for hundreds of years. Early twentieth-century artists in the United States often depicted the physical and social realities, as well as the potential emotional disconnect, that can accompany urban density. In recent decades, artistic focus shifted to the ramifications of climate change, localism, and globalization. City Limits, City Lifeencourages audiences to think about urbanism in a larger context and coincides with collective efforts to enliven and transform downtown San Jose. It will feature works by Chester Arnold, Karen Carson, John Gutmann, Lordy Rodriguez, Walker Evans, Rolfe Horn, Richard Shaw, and others.
Read more about the exhibition in the San Francisco Chronicle.