This is a report of the Salzburg Global Seminar on Cities and Sustainability, held in Austria in September 2013. By the year 2060, 70% of the world's population will live in cities, cities where goods and ideas are exchanged, where the arts thrive and people from different races, backgrounds, religions and values mix. They are financial, business, political and cultural centers, places of expanding possibilities and the entry point of foreign influences. Yet they are also sites of dereliction, crime and political corruption. Today, while some cities are dynamic, attractive and transitioning, a number of cities are in a state of decay and decline. Author keywords: Sustainability, conference, cities, urban
This 11th Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association Symposium willfocus on the social, cultural, economic, and political role that cities play in the lives of their inhabitants, their culture and the world. It will draw on a range of disciplines to examine the future of the city in America, but will also target cities around the world. The focus will be on common issues, inter-related relationships and future trends, as participants examine the dynamics that constitute the social and cultural dimensions of the modern global city. Participants will be American Studies academics, urban sociologists, urban planners, architects and others interested in the study of the city.