The third WC2 Symposium, hosted by the University of São Paulo, took place from 14-18 August. Representatives from WC2 members around the world gathered to consider urban regeneration and how to build an environmental city. Delegates learned about environmental challenges facing the city of São Paulo such as water and infrastructure, mobility and global warming, as well as actions that the University of São Paulo is taking. The city then served as a case study to review in detail five thematic aspects of the environmental city: Transport, Eco Campus, Global Culture, Global Health and Business.
Like many other cities in the developing world São Paulo has been undergoing unprecedented growth for over 100 years. Classified as an alpha city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network in 2016, the city’s population has now surpassed 16 million spread over 1.6 square kilometres. The biggest city in South America, it has high rates of pollution and crime as well as significant social-economic disparities. It is also a thriving cultural, financial and technological centre which is enriched by a wide variety of communities from different parts of the country, as well as Italy, Japan, Korea and Greece.
While in São Paolo WC2 network representatives also agreed the introduction of food policy and migration as new thematic areas and initiated planning for the 2018 Symposium, to be hosted by Ryerson University in Toronto, which will focus on migration, the city and the university.
Download the 2017 Symposium agenda here.