Future of Cities - 2016 Programme

Friday 20th May 2016

Given the urbanisation macro trend, the growing importance of cities over countries and the challenges of developing livable, sustainable urban environments, we are looking at this topic in more depth.

Future of Cities - 2016 Programme

Building on many of last year’s insights, we are very pleased to announce that we are undertaking a deeper exploration on the topic of the Future of Cities. Last year, as part of the core Future Agenda programme, we held several events on how cities may change over the next decade in Christchurch, Delhi and Dubai. Building on an initial perspective by Harry Rich, CEO of the RIBA, these produced a number of new insights that have since been incorporated into a number of perspectives including this talk on Smart Cities vs. Smarter Citizens.

Given the urbanization macro trend, the growing importance of cities over countries and the challenges of developing livable, sustainable urban environments, we are now looking at this topic in more depth. We have five major events scheduled to take place around the world between now and November. Kicking off with an event in Beruit In June, we will follow on with other workshops in key cities including Singapore in July and Ecuador in November, with London and Dubai following. 

This is the first of several deeper discussions taking place over the next year or so. Between the 2015 and 2020 Future Agenda large-scale global projects, these will explore and share specific views on the next decade and help to build an ongoing view of emerging shifts and their implications. As with all Future Agenda discussions, these are being kindly supported by a number of local hosts and partners. For the 2016 Future of Cities Programme, we are very pleased to be cooperating with a number of hosts including MEU (Beirut), Haworth (Singapore) and UEES (Ecuador).

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