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At the beginning of the 20th century an estimated five percent of the world's population lived in cities. Today, half the world's population is urbanized. Urban sustainability is multifaceted and encompasses security, economics, environment and resources, health, and quality of life. It can be viewed as the intersection of two extremely complex and not yet fully understood processes, urbanization and global sustainability, which will increasingly overlap as urban populations continue to grow. Effective policies are critical for addressing urban sustainability, and must be politically realistic in deciding on appropriate balances, such as centralized versus decentralized systems, "soft" versus "hard" solutions, local versus regional focus, agriculture versus pollution, and free markets versus interventions.

Livable Cities of the Future, a symposium honoring the legacy of George Bugliarello, was hosted October 26, 2012, by the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) in the Pfizer Auditorium of the Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology. The event brought together more than 200 engineers, civic leaders, educators, and futurists to discuss how George Bugliarello's vision manifests itself in innovative urban planning for the cities of tomorrow. This report is a summary of the presentations and discussion at that event.

The symposium objectives were to cultivate ideas for best practices and innovative strategies for sustainable urban development and to facilitate the evolution of New York City to a real-life laboratory for urban innovation. Participants heard the perspectives and experiences of representatives from private and public service operators, infrastructure agencies, and the academic community. Elected officials and other stakeholders in urban and other sectors examined issues critical to resilient and sustainable cities, such as energy, water supply and treatment, public health, security infrastructure, transportation, telecommunications, and environmental protection.

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National Academy of Engineering. 2014. Livable Cities of the Future: Proceedings of a Symposium Honoring the Legacy of George Bugliarello. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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Front Matter i-xii
The Legacy of George Bugliarello: A Review of His Vision and Contributions--Mohammad Karamouz 1-20
Economic Development Strategy and the Role of Technology and Innovation in Crafting the Economy of New York City's Future--Robert K. Steel 21-22
George Bugliarello: Reflections on His Global Impact through the National Academy of Engineering--Ruth David 23-25
George Bugliarello: His Leadership of the Polytechnic Institute and Vision of the Future--Richard S. Thorsen 26-31
Infrastructure Renewal:Water, Energy, and Transportation - Opening Comments, Session Summary, and Concluding Remarks--Ilan Juran 32-35
The Critical Role of Transportation in Livable Cities of the Future-Patrick J. Foye 36-44
Sustainable Urban Renewal: Engineers' Role in Changing the Built Environment--Andrew W. Herrmann 45-54
Energy As the Core of New York City--Craig S. Ivey 55-60
Using Water for Urban Renewal--Daniel P. Loucks 61-72
We Can Fight Climate Change and Create Jobs - Here's How--David R. Miller 73-79
Sustainability, Information Technology, and Environment--John C. Falcocchio 80-81
New York State Department of Transportation Sustainability Initiatives--Joan McDonald 82-88
IBM Intelligent Operations Center: A Breakthrough in Information Technology for Smarter Cities--Ruthie D. Lyle and Colin Harrison 89-93
PlaNYC and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection's Role in a Greener, Greater New York--Carter H. Strickland, Jr. and Christopher M. Hawkins 94-106
Challenges: The Way Forward--Paul Horn 107-108
Center for Urban Science and Progress: Opportunities in Urban Data--Steven E. Koonin 109-113
Urban Challenges: The Way Forward--Gerard M. Mooney 114-121
Prospects for Critical Infrastructure--Thomas D. O'Rourke 122-130
Impacts of Evolving Wireless Communications--Theodore S. Rappaport 131-138
APPENDIX: Symposium Program 139-160

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