October 3-5, 2022
In-person in New York at the Times Center
WRLDCTY is designed to inspire real urban innovation so you can help change our cities from the ground up.
We are the definitive gathering that brings together a community of catalysts who are leading urban innovation through vision, experiments and projects that are transforming life in communities across the globe.
WRLDCTY exposes the pathways to urban ingenuity by digging into applied projects that are solving urban challenges in ambitious, inventive and collaborative ways.
Professor, Urbanist & Writer
Founder & Senior Advisor
After two successful editions online, bringing together more than 10,000 leading urban leaders, developers and placemakers, WRLDCTY is excited to welcome you in-person to the Times Center in New York City for an intimate gathering of the world’s leading urban innovators and city-makers for three days of exciting on-site and off-site programming, tours and networking.
Founder, Heatherwick Studio
Thomas Heatherwick is a British designer whose prolific and varied work over two decades is characterized by its ingenuity, inventiveness and originality. Defying the conventional classification of design disciplines, Thomas founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 to bring the practices of design, architecture and urban planning together in a single workspace. Based in London, Heatherwick Studio focuses on designing for the human experience and is currently working on approximately 30 projects in ten countries, including new headquarters for Google in Silicon Valley and London (in collaboration with BIG); Toranomon-Azabudai — a six-hectare mixed-use development in the center of Tokyo; and Airo – an electric car that cleans the air as it drives. The studio has recently completed Little Island, a park and performance space on the Hudson River in New York; the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town; and Coal Drops Yard, a major new retail district in King’s Cross, London. His forthcoming book, Humanise, will be published by Penguin.
President & CEO, NYCEDC
President, Oxford Properties
Founding Partner & CEO, Gehl
President, The Howard Hughes Corporation
Dr. Bahiyyah Maroon
Author & CEO, Polis Institute
Managing Director, Lendlease for Google Real Estate Development
Senior Director of Real Estate Development, Google
Principal, Zaha Hadid Architects
See the full lineup of 2022 Speakers.
Tour of Little Island
with Celine Armstrong
Tour of Little Island with Celine Armstrong: Join Celine Armstrong as she leads a tour of Little Island. Created by Heatherwick Studios, this head-turning reimagination of public space boasts dazzling views and rests on 132 concrete columns on the Hudson River.
Tour of Greenpoint
with OMA’s Jason Long
OMA’s Jason Long will take you on a personal tour of Greenpoint Landing, located at the northern tip of Brooklyn. The former site of warehouses and rope factories has been transformed into a new neighborhood. Gaze up at the 745 residential unit Skyscraper, where 30% of the units will be mixed-income offered at an affordable rate.
Tour Tin Building at the Seaport
with Howard Hughes Corp.
Take a personal tour of the soon-to-open Tin Building at the Seaport, an immersive culinary concept curated by acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The 530,000-square-foot culinary marketplace is located on the site of the original Fulton Fish Market and is steeped in nearly 400 years of history.
VIP Reception at the
Museum of Ice Cream
Join 100 of your closest WRLDCTY fellows for a special reception at the Museum of Ice Cream. Enjoy an assortment of cocktails as you tour multiple magical rooms, including the world-famous sprinkle pool and NYC’s highest indoor slide!
2-days and nights of networking with the world’s leading developers, cities, urban planners, innovators and designers who come together to inspire and roll up our sleeves together towards transformative impact.
The on-site program at the Times Center is made even richer with off-site experiences at some of New York’s most ambitious projects hosted by renowned urban experts who are addressing urban challenges in ambitious, inventive, and collaborative ways.
Since 2020, WRLDCTY has innovated in so many ways, engaging with the world’s leading cities, developers and urban visionaries and practitioners from all around the world to create a new community of catalysts, leading urban innovation and breaking down silos between disciplines.
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