On Wednesday, June 6th, SOM Director Ame Engelhart joined a discussion hosted by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Hong Kong. Engelhart spoke on a panel titled "The New Urban Crisis: Asia's Cities at A Crossroads." Engelhart and Richard Florida, the keynote speaker, examined the central question of how inequality and segregation are increasing in cities, and the role architects and urban planners can play in making cities more equitable and accessible.
The discussion was part of the ULI Asia Pacific Summit, which ran from June 5th to June 7th. Architects, planners, developers, investors, and other professionals came together at the summit to discuss best practices, current trends, and case studies in the real estate industry.
Engelhart has more than 20 years of experience working in Hong Kong. She is dedicated to promoting the fundamental principles of livability and sustainability, and approaches each design project with respect to the unique social, economic, environmental, and geographic conditions inherent in each city and site. Florida is the Director of Cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.