The University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning, in conjunction with the new ABQ/UNM CityLab initiative, sponsors a one day symposium, "The Future of the City," on Friday, April 12 from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. in George Pearl Hall's Garcia Honda Auditorium. Pearl Hall, home of the School of Architecture and Planning, is located on the corner of Central and Cornell NE. The event is free and open to the public.

Associate Dean Alf Simon said, "The purpose of the symposium is to involve a community of scholars at UNM from a variety of disciplines in order to explore potential interdisciplinary collaboration for research that focuses on urban issues."

Presenters from engineering, economics, geography, law, medicine, sustainability studies, BBER and water resources are scheduled to talk about the issues related to the future of the city from their disciplinary perspectives, Simon said.

Two keynotes bookmarking the symposium are set. Richard J. Jackson delivers the master's in public health lecture on Wednesday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Garcia Honda Auditorium. Jackson has done extensive work in the impact of the environment on health, particularly relating to children. He chaired the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health. He did extensive work on pesticides in California, and has also focused on epidemiology, infectious diseases and toxicology. Over the past decade, much of his work has focused on how the 'built environment,' including architecture and urban planning, affect health. He recently served on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects and has written and spoken extensively in the above areas. Currently, Jackson has been working on policy analyses of environmental impacts on health ranging from toxicology, chemical body burdens, terrorism, sustainability, climate change, urban design and architecture. In addition, he is developing policy analyses in related areas, such as how farm, education, housing and transportation policies affect health.

Geoffrey West from the Santa Fe Institute, is involved in research on complexity theory applied to urban issues. He is speaking on Friday, April 12 at 9:15 a.m. in Garcia Honda Auditorium.

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