Loyola University Chicago Learns About Megacity Initiative

São Paulo’s sprawling urban core largely consists of gated communities. Image by The Megacity Initiative. Brazil, 2015.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (All day)

Pulitzer Center grantee Matthew Niederhauser visits Loyola University Chicago on Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17, 2016, to share his reporting on burgeoning mega-cities across the world.

Currently 50 percent of the world's population lives in cities. By 2050, that figure will be at 66 percent, meaning nearly 3 billion more people moving into cities.

Niederhauser worked with independent film director John Fitzgerald to examine the current status of mega-cities and how they are preparing–or not–for their futures with an even larger population. Highlighting cities such as Rio de Jeneiro, Sao Paulo and Mumbai, their Pulitzer Center-supported Megacity Initiative is a new media venture that seeks to illuminate this process through video, photography, and immersive virtual reality technologies. The ecological fate of the planet is bound in a myriad of ways to the prudent integration of these future city dwellers, especially with regards to how they live, work, travel, and consume.

Niederhauser presents the Megacity Initiative to faculty and students at Loyola University Chicago during the two-day visit. Students including those studying journalism as well as those learning about the interactions of social and ecological factors that lead to environmental issues and their solutions are involved.

Niederhauser is a documentarian, photographer and artist. His photography has been published in The New Yorker, National Geographic, Wired, The New York Times, Foreign Policy and The New Republic among many others.

Matthew Niederhauser and the Megacity Initiative
Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17, 2016
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660