What will Boston look like five, 10, 15 years from now?

That’s the sub­ject of this spring’s Open Class­room series, titled “Shaping Boston’s Future: Aspi­ra­tions, Oppor­tu­ni­ties, and Challenges.”

The course—which is free and open to the public—is held on Wednes­days from 6–8 p.m. in 20 West Vil­lage F.

It is led by David Luberoff, a vis­iting pro­fessor of the prac­tice in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and the senior project advisor at the Boston Area Research Ini­tia­tive. An inter-​​university research part­ner­ship housed at the Rad­cliffe Insti­tute for Advanced Study at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, BARI seeks to spur policy and social sci­ence research in Greater Boston.

In the past 15 years, Boston has become more affluent, more diverse, and more dynamic. But that growth has also brought increased inequality and lack of oppor­tu­ni­ties for many of the city’s res­i­dents,” Luberoff explained. “The ques­tion as we look for­ward is whether we can find ways to sus­tain and encourage growth in ways that ben­efit all of the city’s residents.”

The impetus for the sem­inar is Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s Imagine Boston 2030 ini­tia­tive, which seeks to create the Hub’s first city­wide plan in 50 years. The new plan­ning effort will aim to iden­tify strate­gies that will pre­serve, enhance, and grow neigh­bor­hoods in ways that pro­mote shared pros­perity, encourage sound public invest­ment, and create a healthy environment.

The sem­inar itself will focus on a range of topics, cov­ering every­thing from the city’s rapidly changing demog­raphy and expanding inno­va­tion economy to the high cost of housing and the impact of cli­mate change.

Classes will fea­ture remarks by a mix of public offi­cials, civic leaders, and local scholars. Guest speakers will include Stephanie Pol­lack, the sec­re­tary and chief exec­u­tive officer of the state’s Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion, who will dis­cuss key trans­porta­tion issues in Boston; Julie Burros, Boston’s chief of arts and cul­ture, who will focus on the city’s community-​​wide effort to har­ness the cre­ativity of its res­i­dents; and Jay Ash, the Mass­a­chu­setts sec­re­tary of housing and eco­nomic devel­op­ment, who will examine how Boston can sus­tain its cur­rent boom of eco­nomic activity, par­tic­u­larly among its slew of inno­v­a­tive startups.

Sev­eral North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers will also par­tic­i­pate in the sem­inar. Barry Blue­stone, for example, the Rus­sell B. and Andrée B. Stearns Trustee Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Economy and the lead author of “The Greater Boston Housing Report Card,” will explore the nature, causes, and poten­tial responses to the city’s high cost of housing. Matthias Ruth, director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, will focus on the city’s envi­ron­mental plans to combat the impact of cli­mate change, par­tic­u­larly in low-​​lying areas built on land­fill that could be dra­mat­i­cally affected by rising sea levels.

I love—and believe in the value of—the mutual learning that occurs when scholars, prac­ti­tioners, and civic leaders come together to dis­cuss shared inter­ests and con­cerns,” Luberoff said. “Each brings some­thing impor­tant to the table and each can learn some­thing from what others have to say.”