Conflict between urban growth and biodiversity is occurring at an alarming rate world-wide, yet that conflict can be mitigated if urban planners, conservationists, communities and governments work together on spatially explicit plans. The Hotspot Cities Symposium brings urban planners, conservationists and policy makers together with representatives of major cities experiencing rapid growth in highly biodiverse regions to discuss how to catalyze this kind of planning and design.


The Hotspot Cities Symposium is a two-day symposium at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA co-hosted by Perry World House in association with the McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology and the Penn Institute for Urban Research.

Over two days, invited delegates will hear from leading conservationists, ecologists and urban designers about how urban growth and biodiversity can better co-exist and also have the opportunity to tell their own city’s story and learn from others. The purpose of the symposium is threefold; first, we aim to build bridges between the science of conservation and the art of urban design; second, we want to bring people together to share experiences about the environmental circumstances of similar cities, and third; we hope to forge research alliances leading to demonstration projects regarding ways in which cities can better plan their growth with respect to the biodiversity at their doorsteps.

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