Today, the state of Illinois is a crucible for issues affecting the nation, from opioid abuse and neighborhood resilience to urban segregation and the rise of e-commerce landscapes. The Resilient Urban Futures symposium examines these issues in detail, bringing together scholars, designers, and experts from diverse fields to analyze present-day conditions and recommend how future urbanisms can emerge and thrive in our communities. Highlights of the symposium include keynote speeches by journalist Ben Austen and urban policy and health scholar Dr. Mindy Fullilove. Four panels led by faculty in the College of Fine and Applied Arts will address themes related to urban policy, landscape, health, housing, research, and design, reframing urbanism in 21st-century Illinois and offering new possibilities for collaborative, interdisciplinary engagement.
The symposium will be conducted in Temple Hoyne Buell Hall (TBH) located at 611 East Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign.