One of the scholars who has had the greatest impact on me, is Saskia Sassen. Her book Cities in the World Economy first introduced me to ideas of urban primacy, inequality, and neo-liberalism. I was able to interact with her a few times–through a conference call in one of my classes, meeting her in the summer of 2008, and at the Urban Age Conference in Chicago in 2010.
Anyway, she recently gave a TED talk, which gives an interesting view of the city and technology. That the city with technology can outlive complex systems. What do you think about this talk?
- Has globalization really made the world more “flat?” (transnationalplanning.wordpress.com)
- Global cities revisited (economist.com)
- Spaces of Hope (transnationalplanning.wordpress.com)
- Can a city be too technological? Saskia Sassen at TED2013 (ted.com)
- The future of the global city (economist.com)