Cities can help solve many of humankind’s most pressing problems, a topic that is explored in-depth in Scientific American‘s September single-topic issue. In fact, today’s cities are increasingly pointing the way toward solutions, rather than simply being a source of health, social and environmental problems. For instance, people living in urban areas produce more patents, leave smaller carbon footprints and tend to live longer, healthier lives. The mechanisms and policies behind these trends are sparking an increase in public discourse on the future role of cities in global growth.
To further explore this topic, Scientific American will host a gathering of public policymakers, scientists and researchers, and private sector leaders on Thursday, September 15, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The event will feature opening remarks by SA Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina and Edward Glaeser, director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, Harvard University, who contributed to SA‘s Cities issue.