Welcoming remarks and overview of how to explore WRLDCTY from your own home and immerse yourself in unique insights from city leaders, top urban thinkers, and virtual experiences spanning music, culture, art and food from cities across the globe as we make history together in the world’s largest virtual city event.
From COVID to the ever-evolving health impacts of natural disasters, mayors across the world have been tasked with managing an unprecedented number of overlapping public health crises in 2020. How do you create a nimble public health strategy capable of effectively, efficiently targeting public health crises as they arise? How do you anticipate and prepare for possible surprises? How can city hall leverage partnerships to maximize resources and impact, and keep all city residents safe and healthy? In this session, mayors across the world share their experiences and public health recommendations for 2020 and the years ahead.
Developed by Professor Carlos Moreno at the Sorbonne in Paris, the concept of “la ville du quart d’heure” is one in which residents can fulfill their typical daily needs for goods, services and recreation within a 15-minute reach on foot or by bike. But how do cities make the transition and can this concept be applied on a global scale? This panel moderated by former City of Toronto Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat will bring together leading urban designers from the U.S., Europe and Asia to explore how such an approach to more localized urban design could transform cities around the world in the years to come.
Former New York Deputy Mayor and current Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff played an instrumental role in leading the recovery and transformation of New York City after 9/11. In this session, Dan shares lessons learned from past crises that cities can apply today along with new actions and policies required to not only foster the recovery of global cities in the current crisis, but emerge greater than ever in the future.
No sector has been more impacted by the crisis than travel and tourism. In this session moderated by former Microsoft Partner Scott Erickson, the leader of Welcome City Lab, the world’s largest incubator dedicated to travel and tourism, the director of tourism for Tel Aviv Global and former head of strategy for Wonderful Copenhagen will come together and shares insights on innovation in urban tourism and what travel might look like in the future.
Nothing matters more to human flourishing than social trust. High-trust cities are happier. They are wealthier. And they are more likely to bounce back from natural disasters. But trust in governments, institutions and leaders has been under attack across much of the world. Rebuilding trust at all levels is crucial if we want to meet the pressing challenges of this age–including pandemic recovery. In experiments from Denver to Dubai, Happy City author Charles Montgomery and his team have demonstrated how urban design and policy can influence our relationships with neighbors, strangers and our governments. In conversation with Former Chief Creative Officer for Mexico City and founder of Laboratorio para la Ciudad, Gabriella Gomez-Mont, Montgomery will explore the surprising power of trust in cities. They will explore pragmatic ideas for designers, decision makers and city-builders who want to renew their communities by deepening the bonds of trust that keep all of us strong.
SANTA MONICA – Susan Feniger takes you on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of her award-winning restaurant Socalo and share her best recipes and secrets with you for a gastronomical journey.
In his bestselling books on urban design, Jeff Speck explains why and how a sharp focus on a comprehensive framework of “deep walkability” provides a clear path to saving our cities and the planet. In this visually compelling harangue, Jeff shares the four key reasons to fight for walkability and the four key ways to achieve it.
A much-needed discussion exploring possible future and outcomes about the issue of affordability in the world’s most coveted cities. As major urban centers experience a population boom and with it, skyrocketing rents and a dire lack of affordable housing, citizens need answers and blueprints for resolution. This panel endeavors to offer some vital first steps for cities around the world.
Much has changed since B. Joseph Pine II first identified and wrote about the Experience Economy in the 1990s. With 2020 bringing both the third release of his seminal book The Experience Economy—with a new preview on Competing for Customer Time, Attention, and Money—and the devastating effects of COVID-19 on the global economy, it’s the perfect time to catch up with Joe to understand what all this means for today and into the future… including what lies beyond today’s Experience Economy.
TAMPA BAY – Take a trip to the historic Latin Quarter of Tampa Bay. Experience how one small neighborhood became the Cigar Capital of the World! Along the way, pay a visit to The Columbia Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in Florida, and learn how to build the original Cuban Sandwich. Then, get a personal lesson on hand-rolled cigar making from the oldest family-owned cigar factory, J.C. Newman Cigar Company.
If our planet is going to survive the climate crisis, we need to act rapidly. We cannot wait for national governments to agree on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep the average temperature rise to within 1.5 degrees. C40’s David Miller, the former mayor of Toronto, argues that cities are taking action on climate change because they can—and because they must. Using data from his upcoming book, he makes a clear-eyed and compelling case that, if replicated at pace and scale, the actions of leading global cities point the way to creating a more sustainable planet.
Amidst the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, an economic downturn and ongoing racial unrest, Living Cities is engaging cities from across the U.S. who are committed to imagining what an anti-racist society might look like in a new initiative, the Closing the Gaps Network. Over the next decade, cities in the Closing The Gaps Network will reckon with the role local government has played and continues to play in creating inequities and to chart a new path forward. Within the network, an inaugural Year of Reckoning cohort of cities are making a profound commitment to racial equity at all levels. In this session, panelists from these cities will share strategies for building income and creating wealth for Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities from recent efforts related to job creation, the power of procurement, and homeownership.
The pandemic has forced cities to reconsider how we value, utilize and share public spaces. In this panel, Design Core Detroit CEO Olga Stella leads a conversation in sharing and discussing examples of ways cities have used design to modify the public realm to respond to the pandemic crisis.
CAPE TOWN – Escape to one of the planet’s premier growing regions—Cape Town, South Africa!—in this high-end sensory immersion. Discover exclusive recipes from Cape Town’s renowned chefs and wine pairing principles from the city’s sommeliers in an exclusive journey into the Cape Town terroir that’s coveted by wine and food lovers all over the world.
What makes a city a desirable place to live, visit or do business? What are the best cities now? In this session, Best Cities Founder Chris Fair shares research on the factors that shape the perception and performance of cities and unveils the Wordls’ Best Cities rankings for 2021.
Today, in a COVID-19 reality, cities are empty but regions are full, capturing a hunger for open, rural spaces. In order to win back visitor and citizen trust and spending, cities need to give people something to do to fill hotel beds and restaurants again. Join Moment Factory’s Head of Strategy & Innovation Amahl Hazelton and Resonance Consultancy President Chris Fair to discover how experiential urbanism holds the key to rebuilding urban travel by tapping into the global shift from consumption to transformation—a shift from observer to participant for citizens and visitors alike.
MONTREAL – Allow yourself to be transported through light and discover an unexpected, stunning universe presented upon one of the most sublime canvases imaginable: the Notre-Dame Basilica. An immersive and epic show by Moment Factory that stirs the soul with the universal power of multimedia.
Social spaces apart from our homes and work play a key role in anchoring community life and facilitating social interactions and collaboration. But social distancing has limited our access to these places, whether they be cafes, churches or social clubs. Will life return to normal when the pandemic passes or will these places take on new roles if more people live and work remotely? This panel of leading urban designers will share their thoughts on how architecture, social ergonomics and technology-based experiences might shape the future of third places in our cities.
NEW YORK – If there is an Iron Throne for one of the most thoughtful chefs in New York City, Ivy Stark has a claim to it. After perfecting her craft at Dos Caminos and Rosa Mexicano, she has joined Time Out Market New York—a cuisine, cocktail and cultural destination curated by the editors of Time Out. In this session, Ivy will walk you through some of her new inventive recipes utilizing whole, unprocessed foods that you can experience in the Market or, now, at home.
Valerie Steele, Director of The Museum at FIT, checks in with Eugene Rabkin, of StyleZeigeist.com and NYTimes fashion Director Vanessa Friedman, about fashion’s world cities. How did globalization transform the fashion system? Which cities are most important—and why? How do Paris and New York compare? And what will the future of fashion be like, post-pandemic?
Richmond, Virginia, is rooted and rising. Even before Confederate statues started coming down, the community began telling its story to the world through BLK RVA. The program shines a spotlight on Black-owned businesses to increase tourism, engage regional residents, and support businesses by showcasing spaces that highlight the Black experience in the Richmond region. Join panelists for a discussion about the evolution of our community, Black entrepreneurship, and the importance of BLM and how it’s changing Richmond’s narrative.
Phygital experiences are transforming the cultural and retail landscape. In a wide-ranging conversation, we’ll explore how Time Out and their partners use phygital to connect the online and offline worlds to create closer and human customer experiences.
NEW YORK – Discover all there is to know about urban farming from Brooklyn Grange Co-founder Anastasia Cole Plakias. Anastasia walks you through Brooklyn Grange, the world’s largest rooftop soil farmland and leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business in the U.S. She shares her tips on urban farming and answers any questions you may have live.
After years of record-breaking growth in visitor arrivals, some cities were struggling with so-called “overtourism”—too many visitors in parts of the city at the same time. With the pandemic putting virtually all corporate travel, meetings and events on pause, cities are rethinking what travel to urban destinations might look like after the pandemic. Will corporate travel bounce back? Will meetings and events return? This session with the CEOs of Tourism Toronto, Singapore Tourism Board and Los Angeles Tourism will discuss their perspective on what the future might hold for travel to cities in the years to come.
The Year of Chicago Music, featuring Peter Cottontale and Bomba Con Buya: Discover Chicago’s up and coming musicians with unique performances at WRLDCTY.
Wellness is emerging as a dominant consumer lifestyle value, but not well incorporated into the design, operation and governance of cities. In this session, Global Wellness Institute Senior Research Fellows Ophelia Yeung and Katherine Johnson lead a discussion with experts on how to build a city of wellness, using policies and public-private partnerships to create an environment that enables and supports healthy behaviors and lifestyles.
HONG KONG – Depicting the digital tech entrepreneurship culture in Hong Kong, we zoom into Cyberport, the city’s digital tech hub, and visit the start-up community focusing on three main technology areas of FinTech, Smart Living, and Digital Entertainment and Esports. Discover how Cyberport’s innovative thinking and state-of-the-art infrastructure is supporting startups to adapt to challenges and transform the digital economy.
As the unprecedented global COVID-19 lockdown eventually ends, hundreds of millions of people will reevaluate where they live. Many will move in search of health-conscious “green zones,” places less vulnerable to climate change, locations amenable to remote work, or simply look for more affordable or tolerant cities and towns. Where will this next great migration drive humanity? Which places will be the winners and losers?
HONG KONG – Discover the nature of Hong Kong’s dynamic and vibrant Innovation & Technology ecosystem, where expertise, pioneering spirits, and ambition pave the way to solve real-world problems. An introduction to the city’s largest R&D flagship and the driving force at the heart of the ecosystem—the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP). A journey into the people, culture and success of Asia’s thriving technological community.
Hong Kong’s role as a global financial center has been called into question due to social unrest in 2019 and ongoing geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and China. But, a close look shows there is no other place in Asia that connects the dots as much as Hong Kong does for fundraising, wealth management, insurance, banking, fintech, globalization of the RMB and deal-making. Hong Kong remains the unique financial services connecting point between China and the world, and vice versa. Join this esteemed panel to explore how the market will develop in a more polarized world and what the threats and opportunities are for Hong Kong’s role as a global financial center.
GLOBAL CITIES – Selina, the global hospitality group for digital nomads, takes over our experience stage live from the world’s best cities for a series of DJ sets.
As one of the world’ most densely populated cities, Hong Kong has introduced strict measures to curb the spread of COVID-19—but has so far avoided the total lockdown seen in other major economies. It’s a constant, three-way tussle between protecting public health, minimizing economic fallout and managing public acceptance. What are the health lessons learned? How do you keep public transport running smoothly and safely? How does a global hospitality brand cope across cultures and continents?
Art is no longer confined to high-end galleries or wealthy collectors. Creative elements are increasingly weaved into daily life, enriching the urban living experience for residents and visitors. Where once museums reigned supreme, now art-meets-retail malls are emerging as creative hotspots, while gallery owners have always adapted and evolved to changing tastes and habits. How far will it go? Why do people crave art? Can art survive in a money-making world?
As global cities tackle new challenges to human and economic resilience, this session explores the enduring significance of cities to the health and wealth of nations. Featuring the future focused ‘Mission Fit Scorecard’ developed by Australian city-shapers Urbis, panellists will debate the relative mission fitness of host cities London, New York, Toronto, Singapore and Sydney – discussing the bold decisions that need to be made today, to underpin their continuing competitiveness and liveability. A specific focus of this panel session will be the changing landscape of economic competition and the significance of a strong innovation ecology.
This keynote explores how Singapore adopts an integrated approach towards master-planning and urban governance, balancing high density with high liveability and sustainability outcomes. This is a rare look into the lauded Singapore model of urban innovation and efficiency.
The workforce is changing: the days of old-school “big shed” industrial park—surrounded by barbed wire fences that only operate Monday to Friday with no amenity or public transport—are over. Andrew Hoyne likes to refer to “District 21s,” new industrial hubs which add value to the surrounding community. They are designed for human scale that, in turn, gives people permission to enter and walk around. District 21s pays attention to the fine grain, food and beverage and human experiences, creating a unique and compelling destination with a magnetic drawcard seven days a week. These solutions become meaningful destinations and as a result drive higher rental income and increase the asset value of the site itself.
Placemaking has become vital in highlighting the importance of places, people, and public life in fostering strong communities and creating vibrancy. Now as cities are grappling with the evolving challenges of the pandemic and many people have been kept out of public spaces, there is an urgent need to embed placemaking into policies in order to build community resiliency that can withstand or even thrive in challenging times.
Cities, like startups, need to understand their audience and continually iterate and adapt to stay relevant and competitive. This approach to assessing and considering societal impact for a new venture can be applied in the context of the design of new systems and urban solutions, to consider their potential impact.
The velocity at which cities evolve often risks the endemic cultural and built environment values—especially in emerging cities. What does it mean to have a city that amplifies history and tradition and embraces progress and the future? And what must cities do to retain the inclusivity that attracted residents in the first place? Join Dori Nguyen, managing partner of Utopia, builders of urban innovation ecosystem for emerging cities, as her panel explores these challenges facing emerging, fast-growing cities.
HONG KONG – Hong Kong Ballet teamed up with UK-based award-winning choreographer Corey Baker to produce this one-of-kind performance, taking audiences from serene marshlands on the outskirts of the city to a green oasis atop skyscrapers in the heart of the city, all in Hong Kong. The music was composed by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist FKJ, creating a truly memorable performance.
The pursuit of open, green spaces for respite and recreation in cities has picked up speed with our global fight against the pandemic. But the planet’s most innovative cities are going a step further, to realize the potential of rewilding the concrete jungle and reaping benefits to resilience as a result. Join a panel of green and public space experts, in conversation with Sarah Ichioka, an urbanist, curator, writer and head of Desire Lines, a strategic consultancy for environmental, cultural, and social-impact organizations and initiatives, to explore Singapore’s plans and potentials to invite more nature back into its tropical “City in a Garden”.
Cities are magnets—for talent, innovation and ideas. Despite challenges—of pollution, overcrowding, unemployment, inequality and more—people still flock to cities, drawn by their dynamism and hopes of social mobility. Some cities stand out as worthy of particular attention. Singapore counts among them. Is its success sustainable? What are its existential challenges? What roles do universities play in the co-creation of economically, socially and environmentally sustainable cities?
Transport planners and advocates have long admired the Netherlands’ impressive cycling infrastructure and culture, and frequently visit to marvel at its bustling bike lanes and traffic-calmed streets. But coming from more sprawling, car-dominated environments, it’s difficult to imagine replicating their incredible success, where the average resident now pedals nearly 1,000 km per year. Discover the key principles that were developed by the Dutch over the past five decades, draw out concrete lessons for cities looking to follow their lead, and learn how some of these ideas are already being implemented, as these regions face a crisis forcing them to re-evaluate how they allocate space on their curbs and streets.
Even before the pandemic, the future of the office was uncertain. Now, even co-working spaces remain empty as many work from home and stay on Slack. Has the office changed forever? What does the future of working together look like, and what will this mean for city planners, builders, business owners and residents in the years to come?
Greg Clark discusses how individual cities, and waves of cities, have evolved, demonstrating their role in innovation, sustainability, and social progress in order to recover from shocks and seize opportunities. He assesses how far we can ‘de-code’ and ‘re-code’ cities and argues that our current task is not so much to promote the agendas of single cities, but rather to reposition and re-purpose the urbanization process as a whole.
COVID-19 has upended our lives on a global scale and undermined the very premise of urban life. The pandemic has brought to the fore conversations around density and our urban way of living. Suddenly, our neighborhoods, our streets, our homes took on a new dimension. Reunited by BETC PLACES, a panel of leading Paris experts comes together to discuss how cities are shifting scales, from the super-local approach (the 15-minute city) to the large metropolitan models such as the Greater Paris case.
STOCKHOLM – Wellness pioneer Anna Bjurstam provides a meditation drumming session from her hometown of Stockholm.
In this thought-provoking session with renowned urban planner Jan Gehl and architect Bjarke Ingels, urban futurist and Recoded City author Thomas Ermacora brings together Copenhagen’s leading urban thought-leaders to share insights and lessons learned in city building during the pandemic. They’ll discuss what the people of tomorrow will want and need from cities, the urban utopias we should be dreaming of, and how to create them in both developed and developing cities around the world.
Public bureaucracies across the globe face a converging, escalating crisis. The rise of civic movements is a reflection of this and they are demanding more say in how decisions are made. In this session, Charles Landry, a renowned author and facilitator of complex urban change projects, discusses how governments can get creative in responding to the current crisis and help create a fairer, more equal world buttressed by an incentives and regulatory regime to match.
While the true nature of the impact of COVID-19 on the early-stage startup market has yet to be illustrated fully, early data suggests a 40% reduction in seed investment in Q2, 2020. While early-stage startups may struggle for their first check, companies at later stages of growth have been on a tear, with no slowdown in sight. Given these conflicting signals around fundraising, and the new realities of remote work, how should entrepreneurs be thinking about go-to-market, building an organizational culture, and runway? What is the role of the public sector in helping entrepreneurs grow, scale, and create jobs? Where are founders seeing opportunity, and how has the process of raising capital changed?
HONG KONG – Introducing the world’s biggest cultural district project: West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD). Find out what’s on and what’s coming soon with a behind-the-scenes look at this prime 40-hectare site on Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour. The WKCD will house treasures of the Forbidden City, world-class collections of visual culture, Chinese opera, musical extravaganzas and open-air festivals. Don’t miss this sneak peek at a visionary project that is set to change the face of the Asian arts and culture sector.
Local merchants and boutiques are the anchors of high-streets and commercial districts. But with the shut-down and turbo-charged shift by consumers to shopping online, what does the future hold for retail in our towns and cities? This panel will discuss the changing face of the retail landscape and key issues and opportunities in helping high streets to recover in a post-pandemic world.
How does music influence the dishes served at the world’s most memorable restaurants? Listen in on a revealing chat among the acclaimed chefs from LASA and Empress Market about the excruciating work of making the right playlist and how music can level up the diner’s experience.
LOS ANGELES – Join seasoned yoga teacher and Reiki Master Justin Randolph for an any-level yoga class from his Manhattan Beach Studio.
The most recent chapter of globalization, driven by 30 years of deregulation and relentless advances in technology, has tended to homogenize the world’s cities. As cities compete in open economies for mobile capital, knowledge workers and high-end tourists they have sought to attract these assets and resources by standing out as brands with distinctive identities. Culture and art have been vital in that fight, but are they resilient enough to find a meaningful and relevant role in the evolving political economy of cities?
Athens, Florence, Hangzhou, Paris, San Francisco, Singapore, Stockholm and Tokyo – these are just some of the world’s most innovative cities of the past and present: hot-beds of invention and progressive urban design in their time. Who will lead by 2050? Which will be seen as the world’s most innovative cities for the 21st century and why? Dr. Tim Jones, co-founder of Future Agenda, shares some suggestions.
The popularity of cities has been a boon for development in cities around the world, making them both more prosperous and vibrant. But after months of social distancing, will we return to dense urban work and living spaces after the pandemic or seek out new spaces and experiences? In this session moderated by Centre for Cities Chief Executive Andrew Carter with leading real estate developers, we discuss how they are adapting buildings today, and where and what they are planning to build tomorrow.
LISBON – Time Out Market Lisboa’s Chef Marlene Viera has roots in the north of Portugal, a strong grasp of traditional cuisine and a flair for reinventing Portuguese food. Sharpening her knives at upmarket restaurants, she makes rustic dishes elegant, to the delight of both people raised on local dishes and those having their first taste of Iberian cooking. In this tutorial she makes her favorite date night dish: cockle and rice.
TULSA, OK – Tulsa, Oklahoma’s rich history, unknown to many, is filled with both triumph and tragedy. Be sure to catch the emotional story of Tulsa’s Race Massacre, culminating with its centennial commemoration in 2021, and how the city is now rising on an international stage with a thriving cultural scene. Now more than ever before, Tulsa’s story is being told and inspiring cities all over the world in the global conversation on racism.
While the COVID-19 pandemic and recent racial justice protests across the globe have challenged our cities, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create more equitable, inclusive communities for the future. Steven Pedigo, Resonance VP and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, sits down with world-renowned urbanist Richard Florida for 1-1 discussion on how he views the future.
In the age of COVID-19, Toronto, like so many cities, has been finding new ways to deliver services while keeping residents safe. The speed and scope of response to the pandemic required unprecedented agility and coordination with business. Hear Toronto Mayor John Tory speak with Siri Agrell about Toronto’s new and innovative programs that have helped residents and businesses when they need it the most.
As cities around the world strive to expand mobility networks for “All Ages and Abilities,” the challenge is to ensure that these facilities actually meet the needs of everyone regardless of age, gender, race and ability. How can cities truly create equitable streets, where are they succeeding, and where is there still room to learn? Assembling a range of voices with different backgrounds from the planning, design and policy community, this panel seeks to broaden your understanding by speaking directly to the people most impacted by a lack of equitable mobility planning. It is only by learning from each other that we can begin to understand and create streets that are for everyone.
Meeting the sustainability challenge in cities takes innovation and scale. Entrepreneurial companies with agility can generate the new ideas and technologies, and then need to partner with large energy utilities with the resources and operational capacity to execute at scale. And in the middle are the innovation and commercialization hubs, such as Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District. This keynote panel explores how a new smart grid-modelling technology from Opus One Solutions is helping Bracebridge Generation transform one Ontario town into one of Canada’s first net-zero smart communities. Innovations and partnerships like this are at the heart of the newest “Mission from MaRS: Climate Action” campaign to assemble the innovation ecosystem around a bold carbon reduction goal and remove barriers to scaling tech solutions.
Neighborhood 31 in Buenos Aires is one of the most economically challenged communities in the world. However, the Buenos Aires’ Integracion Project looks to change that by fully including Neighborhood 31 in the future of the city. Steven Pedigo, Resonance VP and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, sits down with City of Buenos Aires Secretary for Social and Urban Integration Diego Fernadez for a discussion on the future of building more equitable communities in the global south.
Improve your travel stories. Discover how to take the perfect cityscape shot with tips and tricks to shooting urban landscapes on your phone, with Toronto as the subject and the inspiration.
Building a community-focused ecosystem of entrepreneurship can unleash the potential of new civic minded creators and innovators. Join us for a discussion with some of Toronto’s pioneers who are responsible for leading the development of new pathways that break down traditional barriers, and propel individuals toward success.
The mobility industry is changing fast. New mobility providers, services and sectors are cropping up daily. Automotive OEMs are making huge investments in electric mobility, and prompted by COVID-19, are offering new ways to engage with customers. Ride-hail companies are offering transportation planning to government customers. Micro mobility companies may be on the verge of profitability. Yet, city governments—key cogs in implementing new mobility options at scale—are far behind as they grapple with an unprecedented public health crisis, record rates of unemployment and civil unrest. In a time of extreme urban innovation, how can cities and mobility companies meet consumer demand for more sustainable, efficient and seamless transportation? How likely are AVs going to be a part of the equation? What are some of the most promising paths forward and can they be replicated?
Explore Toronto’s street art from the perspective of a local graffiti artist. Learn about the evolution of the art form, the lexicon, and the cultural significance found in these living canvasses.
Toronto’s long-flourishing Urban and Hip Hop music scene continues to dominate the mainstream sonic landscape. Toronto is uniquely positioned to offer up a coalition of creators who are introducing new sounds and textures, and crossing over the traditional boundaries often found in hip hop. We sit down with a few of them to explore the landscape that makes up the sound of Toronto.
Buildings are the largest source of greenhouse gases (GHG) on the planet with the construction and operation of them accounting for 40% of the world’s GHG emissions. As one of the world’s greenest cities, Vancouver is leading the way in green building design and construction. In this session, Vancouver City Manager Sadhu Johnston will lead a discussion with a panel of experts on the lessons learned in building one of the world’s most liveable and sustainable cities and the key principles and practices that can be adopted by cities around the world to build a greener future.
In face of the unprecedented impact to our everyday lives caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, digital technology continues to play an essential role in helping us acclimatize to the “new normal” that has abruptly redefined our daily operations. Moreover, digital technology has emerged as a key economic driver all around the globe and digital transformation is now critical to the survival of most industries big and small. Amid these difficult times, Hong Kong’s technology start-ups of Cyberport community are stepping up to make full use of their strengths to develop various solutions and services to meet the needs of the public, enterprises and the government in the city, kickstarting the “Braving the Epidemic” campaign. From distance learning to work from home, medical and healthcare, household and workplace improvement, to insurance and relief funds, these digital solutions are here to stay and could show us a glimpse of what is to come for Hong Kong and the world.
Using nature visuals, astrophotography, meditative soundscapes, and guided voiceover, “An Experience of Being Awareness” is a visual meditation experience through layers of thought patterns.
Walk into the great public libraries built recently in forward-looking cities around the globe and you’ll find places that are, in structure and outlook, open-minded, adaptable and inclusive. This panel of city builders, moderated by Canadian Urban Institute President Mary Rowe, will discuss the changing role libraries play not only as a place for knowledge and learning, but in fostering community and building the city from within.
Kathy Schloessman, CEO of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, will be speaking with business leaders in the sporting industry about the coming decade of major sporting events in Los Angeles
Cities fighting for recovery, visitors and investment don’t just need to pivot their branding. They need to undergo a transformation as urban destinations for the post-pandemic traveler. Join this hands-on discussion outlining actual methods, practices and tools destinations and DMOs need to adopt to contribute to designing and building a post-COVID, transformative destination committed to regenerative thinking and resilience.
AUSTIN – When it comes to creating art, Mélat is a firm believer that there is no “set in stone” way of creating it. However, there are basic tools and practices that can be used to help forge your own unique style of writing and creating. Join her in this interactive class where Mélat guides you through song writing, from the ideation phase all the way to something you can jam, love, and keep with you forever.
Juan Devis, PBS Newscaster, will be leading a discussion around how Los Angeles is taking a leadership role in creating accessibility and opportunity within the cultural community.
Explore how design, architecture, and policies play a role in defining the identity and culture of urban spaces after dark. With night activities and flexible working hours increasingly redefining urban experience, today’s cities are alive 24 hours. Nighttime planning addresses complex conditions making places more welcoming, heterogeneous and inclusive from dusk to dawn, while influencing the way citizens use, move, and enjoy the city.
Award-winning Guatemala-based Architecture firm Taler ACA shares learnings from their initiative Barranco Invertido, which transformed Ravines in Guatemala City as a territorial assets to filter water, clean the air, guarantee access to public and recreational spaces, provide urban connectivity and become active territories for other forms of development. In the current context, the ravine-city presents an opportunity to propose alternatives for transformation from the perspective of sustainability post-COVID-19 towards the new normal. This work has been awarded first prize at the Biennale Spazio Pubblico Roma 2017 and was featured in the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam’s Main Exhibition.
The Year of Chicago Music, featuring Los Pleneros de Don Segundo: Discover Chicago’s up and coming musicians with unique performances at WRLDCTY.
HONG KONG – Four personalities find inspiration in and through dim sum, be it redefining the way it’s made (Nicolas Elalouf, Man Ho Café); bringing traditional Chinese medicine into the fold (Larry Tang, Sohofama); crafting tricks (Louis Yan), or learning the craft to burn the midnight wick (Xavier tsang, BeCandle).
Cities in the world are receiving fundamental changes due to widespread lockdowns and limitations in travel. As a city that never sleeps, how has Hong Kong coped with the new normal and strived for resilience via creativity and design? This panel discussion is brought to you by Hong Kong Design Centre, where the speakers will share the latest snapshots from Hong Kong, a city which not only manages to maintain its vibrancy but also continues to explore its most unique charisma with Design. A cross-disciplinary discussion about why experiential design, placemaking, creative business models, design thinking and growth mindset are essential for value creation, identity building and city branding.
The impact of climate change is being felt all around the world amidst the fear that humanity is losing the fight against it. While Gen X is worried about what it will mean for future generations, we have inspiring examples from Gen Y of those who that are trying to find solutions. The Anant Fellowship for Climate Action selects 20 ‘climate action solutionaries’ who are using innovative approaches to mitigate climate change. The panel will stimulate a discussion about unique ideas for mitigating climate change from Gen Y.
Selina, the global hospitality group for digital nomads, takes over our experience stage live from the world’s best cities for a series of DJ sets. Scionis will be playing a hybrid experimental live set from the astonishing landscape of Armenia’s Azat Reservoir. Azat in Armenian means “free”. The width of the lake and the height of the mountains has an atmosphere of freedom. Open the horizons of your mind and immerse yourself in what you do.
For more than 100 years, slums have been essential for the functioning and growth of Indian cities. By housing workers and small-scale industries, they have embodied human enterprise, innovation and resilience that has inspired and humbled Danny Boyle, Ed Glaeser and many others. How have slum dwellers come together to improve outcomes even as governments and planners have faltered? How can these settlements that house over 100 million people integrate with and even instruct India’s drive for sustainable urbanization? How can the co-dependent informal and formal city not just co-exist, but co-thrive?
HONG KONG – Immerse yourself in the astonishing natural splendours of the city and uncover its lush greenery, ravishing peaks, and endless blue seas with gong bath master Martha Collard (Red Doors Studio) and the acclaimed Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Don’t miss a sensational audio-visual virtual experience that combines the restorative benefits of a meditative gong sound bath and the invigorating sound therapy properties of classical music with the unparalleled sights and sounds of Hong Kong’s great and unexpected outdoors.
More than 80% of the world’s economic activity occurs in cities. Despite the impact of COVID-19, the city economy will continue to evolve and digital technologies are driving transformative impacts for consumers, businesses, public agencies and community groups. Smart Cities Leader Mark Thomas leads an international panel looking at the quality of life benefits, productivity gains and economic growth that is coming from improved payment systems’ access, higher transaction security and robust digital infrastructure.
Selina, the global hospitality group for digital nomads, takes over our experience stage live from the world’s best cities for a series of DJ sets.
A snapshot into Nichol’s journey in food, from battling eating disorders since 5 to her mission towards a hunger-free city by 2025. What can businesses and people do to make changes and be part of the pivot? Take a listen to how Nichol plans to remove the rumble from everyone’s tummies.
As the global pandemic has disrupted the whole fabric of human physical connection, the hospitality industry is divided over what’s next. Will we just bounce back into our patterns of excess, or is there a collective realization afoot around creating authentic and purposeful experiences that will have profound effects on hotel innovation and new expectations. Join Tulsi Grover, Studio Leader at Hassell, as he leads a distinguished panel in divining what hospitality means today and tomorrow.
As supply chain disruptions become commonplace, citizens all over the world find themselves often asking about what’s grown locally and what’s imported. What they find is often disconcerting: a few days’ supply and little contingency planning. But Singapore is different and offers a blueprint for the planet. Join Chintan Raveshia, Arup Cities Leader in Singapore, and a panel of food security experts to explore the city’s emergent urban food manufacturing, focus on the circular economy and resulting food science and tech sector and investment.
KUALA LUMPUR – Discover unexpected bliss and serendipity amidst Malaysia’s bustling capital city, Kuala Lumpur.
With our world in an accelerated mode of transformation, cities need to reform the way we define our environment and how we live together. Exponential change is outpacing our ability to respond and a fundamental shift needs to occur to redefine how we think about design. To create better cities we often look at the physical objects, to create positive and negative space to define our private and public areas. Today’s architectural education and practice lacks the focus on human outcomes. To design better we must change design and define the ultimate focus away from object creation to new ways to think, feel and do.
Citymaking continues to evolve as an artform—beyond functional, and towards a curated, intentional experience for urban dwellers. Can cities of the future be designed with dimensions such as the happiness of city inhabitants,and the loveability of the built environment in mind? Join this lively discussion to find out.
Nightlife is going through its most turbulent times. The industry has no choice but to adapt to a new normal and reinvent itself. Leading figures from around the world will share their real-world perspectives in discussing what the future of nightlife looks like and what it needs to do to survive.
Chris Boardman is a former British racing cyclist who won an individual pursuit gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics and broke the world hour record three times. As Cycling and Walking Commissioner for Greater Manchester, Chris is leading an ambitious 1.5 billion-pound, 10-year program to create the very first city region in the U.K. to have a fully joined-up cycling and walking network; the most comprehensive in Britain covering 1,800 miles. In this conversation, Chris shares some of the key lessons learned in building the plan and why it’s important to aim big in order to create a vision that people can feel proud of if you want to create meaningful change in your city.
SINGAPORE – In a world that never stops, where external noise rages on and internal voices are amplified, what better way to carry on than to create a space for us all to simply sit and rest in moments of stillness and silence? Across global cities, social meditation spaces beckon. Get inspired on making use of public and private spaces for practicing mindfulness and fostering good mental health. Wherever you may be watching WRLDCTY on Oct. 24, we invite you to join us for a global Big Sit, streamed from Singapore.
As cities across the Middle East, Africa and Asia continue to grow, city leaders are experimenting with ways to foster greater sustainability, opportunity and economic growth. What are some of the innovative models coming out of rising cities? What are some of the challenges of leapfrogging? What can developed cities learn from those on the rise?
Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and author of The Global City Saskia Sassen shares decades of research on cities exploring new ways to think about the city and how new generations are transforming the essence of cities.
The pandemic is accelerating a trend that has shaped the lifestyle of millions of millennials: the art of remote working for digital nomads. Time Out CEO and Selina Founder and CEO Rafi Museli discusss how the current opportunity is shaping the future of work.
BARCELONA – Victor Kiswell, one of the minds behind Radiooooo.com will present 5 of his best cities through a choice of soundtracks discovered in travels: Mumbai (India), Istanbul (Turkey), Barranquilla (Colombia), Beyrouth (Lebanon) and Barcelone (Spain). We’ll dive deep into Victor’s record collection and will get an introduction to Barcelona’s streets. Ready to start this journey through a record collector’s music & mind?
Artists, entrepreneurs and performers in art and entertainment are immediately adapting to a new environment in the cities in which they live and beyond. The limitations and restrictions on the ability to create, perform and play in venues have driven them towards new avenues to create, deliver and install content, while continuing to have meaningful impacts on society. Will these changes forever evolve the relationship between artists and performers and their fans and audiences? And how will cities be impacted by so many of these changes? Join us as our panelists discuss the new landscape of art and entertainment.
HONG KONG – Dive into the world-renowned flavours of Hong Kong in a series of immersive cooking experiences! Join Michelin-starred chefs Shane Osborn (Arcane) and Mak Kwai-pui (Tim Ho Wan) as they guide you through the best of the city’s East-meets-West culinary history. With step-by-step guides to creating your own taste of Hong Kong to take home, follow along as the chefs shine a spotlight on how to create stunning Hong Kong-inspired dishes with the humblest of all ingredients: the egg. And for that perfect 5 o’clock feeling, reward yourself by shaking up a simple but special tea cocktail or two with celebrated mixologist Victoria Chow (The Woods).
Over the past decade, so-called Superstar Cities like New York have led the growth of the global economy, but their gains were not evenly distributed. While GDP per capita grew significantly, so too did income inequality. With the pandemic laying bare the widening gap between the haves and the have-nots, New York City Economic Development Corporation Chief Economist Fred Olayele and Center for an Urban Future Policy Director Eli Dvorkin discuss the actions we can take to not only rebuild the city’s economy, but make it more inclusive in the recovery.
In coronatime, many restaurants have pivoted to takeout/delivery and temporary outdoor dining to survive in the short term. What should the industry do in the long term to become more sustainable and resilient? Vaughn Tan, author of The Uncertainty Mindset: Innovation Insights from the Frontiers of Food, facilitates a discussion with Super 8 Restaurants’ Ben Chapman and Mike Harrison, Rethink Food’s Matt Jozwiak, and Alinea/Tock’s Nick Kokonas on how the restaurant industry can change its business models to become more ethical and sustainable for suppliers and customers, and thus more resilient to uncertain business conditions.
Open space has never been in more demand than it is right now as citizens seek refuge in parks and open spaces in our cities. But how do we share that space and are their learnings we can apply to the design of parks and green spaces to make them more inclusive and accessible to all in the future? This panel will discuss the role open space plays in the wellbeing of the city and how we might improve access to it for everyone in the city.
MEXICO CITY – Travel photographer Pia Riverola hosts a live, interactive travel photography masterclass where she shares her tips and techniques through a virtual photo exhibition of her best work in Japan and Mexico.
MONTREAL – Words that denounce, rhythms that soothe, and images that dare. Teatime has never been so infused with raw emotion as when twelve good friends of Phi take up the challenge of showing themselves in a new light. How? By reciting their favorite poem, allowing us, at the same time, to discover poetic voices.
A conversation between risk and resilience expert Robert Muggah, designer Dror Benshetrit and city futurist Thomas Ermacora to discuss and debate how to deal with the current and potential future pandemics through an urban design lens. They’ll also examine how we utilize deep resilience thinking in order to maximize the efficiency of new infrastructure investments while looking beyond to see how we can design a regenerative future that will align mankind and cities with nature.
James Holleran, Principle of the Reach Agency, we be speaking to executives in the content creation, distribution, agency, and acting arenas about shifting consumption of media and content.
In cities around the world, hundreds of men and women are right now donning masks and colorful costumes to perform public services as “real-life superheroes.” Some attempt to fight crime, others help the homeless, but all are trying to improve their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has created more need for such help than ever before. Join Peter Nowak, veteran journalist and author of “The Rise of Real-Life Superheroes and the Fall of Everything Else,” and a panel of costumed crusaders as they discuss how regular citizens can get involved with saving their city.
NEW YORK – Dharon Jones, who plays Riff in West Side Story on the Great White Way takes you through his warm-up routine that is perfect for professional dancers and those who only hit the floor at weddings alike. Stretch and get your blood flowing as the performer brings you through his pre-show warm-up and then flaunts his favorite moves. Since Broadway is on pause until June 2021, Jones, a Brooklyn-native went down to the Time Out Market on the Brooklyn waterfront to do his workout in front of some of the most picturesque parts of NYC—talk about body art.
LOS ANGELES – Learn the art of DJing with LA based touring DJ Masha. She’ll break down the basics of using CDJs- the current industry standard, how to mix two songs, where to look for new music and give an overview of her experience in the electronic music industry.
It is no accident that New York City is one of the world’s great theater centers—a diverse melting pot whose rhythms inform its art. But the global pandemic and George Floyd’s murder has shed a light of systemic racism in this country, including the theater and its future. Join director Saheem Ali and managing director Florie Seery for a conversation on how these world events are impacting theater in New York and around the world.
The Year of Chicago Music, featuring Peter Cottontale and Anam Mór: Discover Chicago’s up and coming musicians with unique performances at WRLDCTY.
COVID-19 has laid bare issues of inequality and racial disparity in our society, but it’s also created opportunities to foster stronger social connections and social innovation in our local communities. How do we leverage this social capital and what role can we each play to create more equitable and inclusive communities as we recover? In this session with Burning Man Project Director of Civic Activation Christopher Breedlove and Chi Nguyen, the former Director of Social Innovation Canada, we’ll discuss ideas and actions we can take both individually and collectively to help people and our planet realize its full potential.
NEW YORK – An exclusive musical and acrobatic performance with a behind the scenes look of Bushwick, one of Brooklyn’s most avant-garde neighborhoods for street art and burlesque. Hear her story and experience the thrill of marrying aerial arts, acrobatic pole, and live classical singing in a performance by burlesque star and NYC nightlife staple Marcy Richardson.
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