UCLA in the Community

International scholars, city leaders to explore urban solutions to global challenges at CityLab

UCLA experts engage with city leaders from around the world to create smarter cities

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Chancellor Block and faculty from across disciplines at UCLA will join urban theorists, journalists, city planners, scholars, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and mayors from around the world in downtown Los Angeles for the three-day “CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges,” beginning Sunday, Sept. 28.

The second annual three-day event, which concludes Tuesday, is presented by The Atlantic Monthly, The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies and comes a year after the inaugural event in New York City.

Approximately 500 participants will be discussing urban topics from rideshare to immigration, taking part in plenary sessions, roundtable discussions, field trips, and other types of programming at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live.

The speakers from UCLA are parking expert Donald Shoup and Director of the Center for Policy Research on Aging Fernando Torres-Gil, both faculty in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. For a full list of speakers and the agenda, visit the Citylab event website.

Selected sessions, including “Wheels of Change: What's Driving the Future of Urban Mobility” with Shoup can be viewed on a live webcast on Monday, on the CityLab website or the Aspen Institute's website.

The other participants from UCLA are: Frank Gilliam, dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and a professor of public policy and political science; Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, associate dean of the Luskin School and professor of urban planning; Juan Matute, associate director of the UCLA Lewis Center and the Institute of Transportation Studies; Michael Lens, assistant professor of urban planning; Dr. Wendy Slusser, associate vice provost, who is in charge of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative; Rajit Gadh, director of the UCLA Smart Energy Research Center and a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; Jon Christensen, UCLA cityLAB senior fellow, and adjunct professor in the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and department of history and the Center for Digital Humanities; and Dana Cuff, UCLA cityLAB director, and professor of architecture and urban design.

On Monday evening, the public is invited to an evening program celebrating prominent Angelenos and will include conversations with Mayor Garcetti, LACMA director Michael Govan, developer Rick Caruso, chef Roy Choi and Golden Road Brewing owner Meg Gill, among others. Those affiliated with UCLA can purchase tickets online. Enter the code “UCLAEDU” to get the student price $20 or “UCLAAF” to get the staff/faculty/alumni price of $40. These discounts are available until noon, Monday, Sept. 29.

UCLA is a contributing sponsor for the event, emphasizing its public mission to engage in research, education and service in ways that make a positive impact in the communities we live.

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