Glasgow and Pittsburgh are connected by a shared post-industrial history (focused on shipbuilding and steelmaking respectively), and also face similar challenges in terms of the future shape of their economies and communities.
The RSA has been working in Pittsburgh to amplify economic and social strategies for post-industrial cities through the lens of resilience. Whilst the resilience concept was originally framed around climate change and large scale shocks that cities might face, it has expanded and evolved to include the wider understanding of the essential components of a city’s resilience, including social security, the economy, and community cohesion.
This panel discussion will examine the work that has been undertaken in Glasgow and Pittsburgh around these key themes and its links to developments elsewhere in the UK and North America. The discussants will reflect on how cities like Glasgow and Pittsburgh have adapted to the changes they have faced, and what a successful future might look like for them. It will also consider examples from other areas, and look to identify opportunities for further collaboration and impact. Questions and contributions from the floor will be welcome.
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Location: The Senate Room, Level 4, Main Building, West Quadrangle, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ