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Cafe Scientifique: The Future of Our Cities

In this talk, Alec Tang will explore what it means for our cities to be increasingly flexible and dynamic.

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The world is changing. Rapidly. We face a myriad of known and unknown threats, emerging and latent crises as well as shifts in technology and public expectation. Our cities are at the vanguard of this change, increasingly accommodating larger and more diverse populations, but challenged with delivering growth in a manner that reduces greenhouse gas emissions whilst preparing for the impacts of climate change and addressing systemic issues such as inequity, institutional mistrust and social cohesion.

During this session, Alec will explore the critical systems that we must nurture and strengthen to meet the challenges ahead and importantly, how we bring our communities along in that change.

The Auckland Cafe Scientifique series is brought to you by the Auckland Museum Institute, Auckland Branch of Royal Society Te Apārangi. This talk begins promptly at 6:30pm in the downstairs event room. Wheelchair access is available directly off the venue carpark on the railway side of the building.

Please note bookings are not required, but for more any queries email institute@aucklandmuseum.com.

About the speaker

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Alec Tang is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (FIEMA). He has spent the bulk of his career developing and delivering sustainable solutions across business, academia and the public sector. Most recently, Alec’s work has been focussed on the creation of more sustainable, resilient and equitable urban environments, initially leading Auckland Council’s Chief Sustainability Office through the development of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri, Auckland’s Climate Plan (www.climateakl.co.nz), and latterly as Director of Sustainability at Kāinga Ora: Homes and Communities. Alec also currently lectures on sustainable business at Auckland University of Technology.


Alec Tang


Auckland Museum Institute


Horse & Trap, 3 Enfield Street, Mount Eden, Auckland

6:00pm Wed 30 June, 2021 - 8:00pm Wed 30 June, 2021