In the wake of the pandemic, its lesson has been to demonstrate that any ‘new normal’ must emphasize a new way of understanding our communities—new considerations of urban space, of needs, of opportunities. Join the architect of the Domino Sugar Factory, Sunnyside and other NYC innovations in a conversation about the possible.
The pandemic has upended career priorities and made us reconsider where we live. Fascinating new data is showing surprising choices in regional migrations, and revealing where people want to spend their work lives. Join three leaders and make sense of the numbers we’ll live by in the future.
What’s the new value proposition for developers and communities in New York? What neighborhoods and districts—from Harlem to Queens—are the new destinations for capital? Follow the money in this in-depth discussion on how we’re using and investing in space beyond traditional core office areas.
What has the pandemic changed for the creative class, those catalysts of city-building? What characterizes the urban centres that are calling to them now, and how can cities respond to attract them? Join the conversation between two of the world’s leading creative city experts will endeavor to find out.
BREAKFAST turns mechanical engineering and playful, emotional aesthetics into gallery-worthy kinetic and interactive installations. From real-time climate change to directional signage to engaging reflections of passers-by, their work points the way forward to new thinking about public art.
Beyond 2020: We are at the forefront of a decade of change in housing. It will be all-encompassing, and more than just a “housing fight.” Cities, how we live, and how cities will grow in the future – this has all changed during the pandemic. What happens when a tech revolution collides with a pandemic?
Hear the Obama-administration officials discuss the revolution that is public-interest technology—a user-centered approach in design and data that makes the delivery of government services more effective and efficient in the digital age. Problem-solving transformed; inspiration guaranteed!
With an Executive Order in place that sets an ambitious new target to make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emission, and the micro-mobility market surging post-Covid 19, join us to learn how we’ll move around New York next, make clean transportation accessible to all, and explore how mass transit, biking, and car travel might co-exist in a pedestrian-friendly city.”
Where do social justice and environmental sustainability intersect? In urban planning, to start with. Daily life in our segregated cities perpetuates an “us vs them” culture today. Find out how urban planning and design can be a starting point for equitable cities that support the ecosystems around them.
Discover the most impactful and important stories of architectural culture today with a focus on actionable ideas that address the biggest issue of our time: climate change, and with a mission to make architectural knowledge accessible to a global audience.
The Green City Force, made up of young adults from frontline communities, may be NYC’s best hope to build a green city rooted in social, economic and environmental justice. Hear how they’re transforming their own lives, leading community transition, and promoting a regenerative, inclusive economy.
2020 was the loneliest year of an era when more of us live alone than ever. See how thinking of city-building, rather than individual tower buildings, opens up new ways of community-building—and how strategic sculpting and shaping of architectural elements can create future forms of togetherness.
Improving road safety: 1.35 million people die from vehicle crashes each year; 94% of US crashes are due to human error. Meet the road forward with leaders of Waymo, the autonomous vehicle division of Alphabet, which is operating the world’s first and only fully autonomous commercial ride-hail service available on the road today; and is also testing AV trucking; and Aurora, staffed by driving geeks with all-star cred and ideas.
For years, Anderson says, many Smart Cities failed to live up to their hype. But the pandemic unexpectedly turbocharged results, kickstarting initiatives and innovation. What changed? Join Charles Anderson in conversation with Jack FitzGerald, Director for Smart Cities and Real Estate Tech at Hitachi, to understand the evolution of the ecosystem that have made him (almost) a believer in the promise of the Smart City.
Can a city be designed to be both innovative and loveable? Join Mark Wee in conversation with Duleesha Kulasooriya as they explore the evolution, intersection and edges of places and people that create a quality of life, and the new technology and new metrics that can measure the economics of it all.
As populations grow and resources shrink, Dr. Sandhya Sriram is literally reinventing food, creating next-gen nourishment by making seafood from crustacean stem cells in Singapore. Join the Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst to taste the future and understand how cultivated meat and cellular agriculture are the new ingredients of global sustenance.
What’s placemaking really worth? Many developers consider that non-revenue-driving initiatives have community engagement value, particularly in the early stages of community building. Jack Backen digs into the data to measure and put numbers to placemaking efforts using examples from Singapore and other global cities.
Cheong Koon Hean played a key role in developing Singapore into a distinctive global city and housing some 80% of the resident population in 1.1 million public housing flats, thus achieving one of the highest homeownership rates in the world. Here, Singapore’s celebrated urban planner explores the ambitious city of Tengah, a 42,000-home, 700-hectare “forest town”, a new generation public housing town that will combine design, greenery, walkability and technology to slash carbon emissions in an ever-warming city-state.
Strategist, marketer and placemaker, Michelle manages the intersection between historic character and future feasibility on a historic waterway transformed from working quays to key entertainment district. Join her and Asian Civilisations Museum Director, Kennie Ting as they explore the role of cultural precincts and the opportunities to bring the storied Singapore River to center stage in the city.
Simultaneous to the fast-paced evolution of spatial design—which becomes evermore intermeshed with technology, and informed by human movement—a massive change in retail is upon us and Accept & Proceed feel duty-bound to a future scope, asking, what are the opportunities in this shift? What role will retail space play in the future? How can we create spaces with integrity that truly support the communities they serve? And what’s the pay-off if we do?
NLA brings together urban thinkers and place shapers for a discussion about how cities are changing as a result of the pandemic. NLA has long documented and illustrated London’s evolution as a polycentric city – a “city of villages” where many areas exhibit the characteristics of Carlos Moreno’s ville de quart d’heure. This make-up of London has been highlighted during the global pandemic, with Londoners spending more time at home, and many rediscovering their local neighbourhoods, parks and facilities. Yet at the same time, this has also placed great strain on London’s Central Activity Zone (CAZ). The way citizens interact with their local town and community, as well as their relationship to the central business district, has fundamentally shifted. So how are cities responding? How might we experience the city in the future? Is London’s polycentrity the key to its resilience and future success?
Let’s bring back the high street, reinvigorate the mixing and mingling, the people and goods, the events and gatherings. The pandemic has devastated prime retail real estate in the world’s smaller cities; learn how to promote creative, community-focused initiatives to bring our streets back to life.
The CBD is dead. Long live the CBD! New hybrid work habits will change the planning of city centres, their transit infrastructure, retail and design. Come rethink the CBD and discover how we can imagine and plan city centres and their economies when only half as many people come to work downtown.
AR and VR technology is blowing our minds, creating opportunities for physical and virtual placemaking that transforms our connections to every environment. Join us to explore invisible worlds and find cosmic kinship between black holes, dying stars and our very existence.
Mass transit caught Covid, and it’s a long-hauler. Long the key to prosperity and upward mobility in cities, transit and its city operators are struggling to coax back clients and cover costs. What’s it going to take? An expert panel talks about how transit can shift gears and move forward.
Urban diversity is an underleveraged source of creativity and innovation. In this session, we’ll show how cultural inclusion can be fostered through education, placemaking, art, media, and intercultural governance and citizenship.
Retail experience is evolving at the speed of entertainment, with variety and novelty in form and content the key. Pop-ups, flexible and fun, are king: a food hall becomes a fan park becomes a fashion runway. Digital experiences open new worlds. Is today’s temporary tomorrow’s permanent fixture?
Berlin has long been a lab of architectural design. Now the city is experimenting to make its housing zukunftsfähig—both future-oriented and sustainable. Explore Berlin’s affordable, sustainable housing works, including the 29-story Woho skyscraper, which will be Europe’s tallest wooden building.
Wilding has become a catchall for everything from improving access to nature to reintroducing wildlife. Hear about the challenges of designing for non-human neighbors in cities and how getting people to become a little ‘wild’ themselves can help cities become happier and healthier.
Healthier urban environments can start small—with hyperlocal planning and pedestrian-friendly streets. Dan Hill, director of Sweden’s innovation agency, tells us how designers and planners can create built environments that enrich the well-being of citizens in a post-pandemic world.
For over 100 years, Detroit has been at the forefront of global automotive mobility. However, city residents have often faced challenges navigating their own city without a car. As the world moves into a new age of mobility, Detroit is again striving to define the future. Learn more about how the State of Michigan, Ford Motor Company and Cavnue are working to develop Detroit’s Michigan Avenue and the Corktown neighborhood as a testbed for connected and autonomous vehicles – in a way that actually engages the community.
Street art is increasingly the face of cities around the world, a premier interface for visitors, a source of civic pride for locals, and a living lab for artists. Join social justice leaders and artists to discuss the impact of immersive environments on how people consume art today.
New cities should set new standards for quality of life. They come with the promise of terrific economic zones, innovation hubs, healthcare amenities, cultural experiences and built-in well-being. But are they just sterile, soulless developments with a fresh coat of paint—and how can codes help?
What’s the future of large urban festival, entertainment and conferences – and the facilities they’re held in? Calgary, Alberta’s Stampede was Canada’s first major festival hosted this summer, and construction is underway on a major new entertainment district. What are they learning that can help your city?
Climate change is bringing about a new age of mass migration that will scatter both the dispossessed and the well-off. Which places will people abandon and where will they resettle? Resonance President and Best Cities Founder Chris Fair speaks with Future Map Founder and MOVE author Parag Khanna to find out.
The global pandemic brought air travel to a grinding halt, but it didn’t distract from the visionary infrastructural developments underway in Hong Kong. Airport Authority Hong Kong’s mammoth “Airport City” project is taking shape with a view to securing Hong Kong as the region’s international aviation hub… a Double Gateway to the world and the Greater Bay Area. Game-changing projects outlined in the “Airport City” blueprint, involving investment of over HK$40 billion (US$5.12 billion) and targeting 2030 for completion, will redefine the travel-business-lifestyle relationship in the 21st century. This panel discussion invites experts from various fields to discuss the possibilities/prospects under the “Airport City” vision and how it will take technology, sustainability, economic activity and city living to the next level.
Crises are the mother of invention, and the pandemic has been a catalyst for innovative changes in mobility, information management, and urban planning. How can cities maintain an innovative mindset to deal with other urban crises and make lasting change for good.
Let’s dance! 2020, the year the party died, is giving way to a future of fresh perspectives on nightlife and the party economy. Bar owners, musicians, performing artists and their political allies are working to pump energy and money into ideas and spaces that will reinvent life in the night.
The pandemic caused us to reevaluate the desirability of urban vs rural places and large vs small cities. Travel with us to Florence, Italy with urban futurist Thomas Ermacora to see how a renaissance in so-called ‘second-tier’ cities may be about to unfold.
Can we crowdsource the ideal city? New platforms exist to help cities capture the potential of participatory design, enhancing opportunities to implement the creative ideas of the community and ensure buy-in. We have the power to shape our cities to the needs and wants of their citizens.
Historically, cities lift some citizens up and keep others from rising. Join planners, designers and activists to create more just cities and more just societies. We’ll explore how a truly participatory design process and outcome help create safer, healthier, more productive cities for everyone.
From artwork to research, to policy, what are the tools at our disposal to broaden our understanding of public safety and address new challenges sparked by the pandemic, as well as entrenched systemic inequities – to develop a new shared social contract for public spaces.
Inclusive young business owners are transforming Houston’s vibrant food scene. The Owners & Chefs share signature dishes while discussing risk-taking in their recipes. Together they define and reinforce culture in Houston. The future of food is diverse.
Why should boys have all the fun? Skate parks, BMX tracks, football pitches and MUGAs—the classic play spaces for teens—are used almost exclusively by boys. Girls aren’t asked, and if they don’t play, it affects how active and healthy they are as adults and their sense of belonging in public spaces.
Houston, a leader in the study of renewable energy? Yes, and we’ve put the pedal to the metal. Join the city’s energy leaders—from bp to NRG Energy—for a discussion on emerging initiatives and solutions, and the environmental and economic impacts, benefits and barriers to the renewable future.
Broadway is back, but what is it, exactly? Come discover how theatre directors envision the future of theater; how actors have adapted to cancellations and performing for 25% capacity crowds; and how audiences can best support post-pandemic performances and the people who bring them to life.
Cities are constantly growing and evolving. Space’s final frontier may be civilization on the moon. William Harris leads a conversation with NASA’s Dr. Sharmi Atkins, Brett Willman and Michelle Rucker as they discuss the future possibilities of building a new home away from home.
Artists make manifest the soul of a city, expressing ideas and emotions that connect beyond words. Hear how cities can elevate the voices and visions of artists, keep artistic talent in cities, support all kinds of talent and encourage the expressions of inclusion and social justice.
Inclusive young business owners are transforming Houston’s vibrant food scene. The Owners & Chefs share signature dishes while discussing risk-taking in their recipes. Together they define and reinforce culture in Houston. The Future of Food is diverse.
Cities are constantly growing and evolving. Space’s final frontier may be civilization on the moon.
William Harris leads a conversation with NASA’s Dr. Sharmi Atkins, Brett Willman and Michelle Rucker as they discuss the future possibilities of building a home away from home.
The way we think about the notion of “Health” has shifted, yet what does that mean when we think about Care in the context of a ‘future city’. How do we evolve communities to serve our needs, and what role does society play as we transform our new reality around health and wellbeing?
In 2010, Vancouver set a goal to become the world’s greenest city by 2020. A decade later, Vancouver learned how green goals were both good for the planet and for urban economies. Find out what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what’s next for the city leading the way to a sustainable future.
Kids need many skills to navigate a world in crisis. Cities can help them better collaborate, communicate, think critically, solve problems and be creative. Explore Billund, Denmark, the Capital of Children, and Boulder, Colorado, to learn how child-friendly communities make everyone future-ready.
The best Entertainment Districts are built around streets that draw people in just as they radiate the unique character of their cities. They thrive after dark, but these streets are also becoming a 24/7 heartbeat of the city. We’ll explore perspectives on the history and future of Vancouver’s Granville Street.
The pandemic exposed the divisions and disparities within our cities and societies as never before. As we rebuild and rethink the meaning of space and place, how do we bridge these divides to create a city that is Just, Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive (JEDI)? Explore answers with our experts.
Canada’s Indigenous youth are communicating with the world, getting messages to millions on TikTok. With humor and heart, they share tradition and trauma: hoop dancing, throat singing, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women And Girls, and freshly-exposed horrors in Canada’s residential schools.
The pandemic opened our eyes to the shortcomings and possibilities of cities. Going forward, city planning can address pre-existing conditions to better city living by considering not only housing and mobility but also the needs of urban families, which can make downtowns more enjoyable for all.
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