I’m sure by now you’ve gotten a number of messages about our upcoming conference, “The Post-Crisis City: Rethinking Sustainable Vertical Urbanism” on 17 November. But I wanted to share with you a few highlights that I’m particularly looking forward to, along with my sincere hope that you’ll join me for as much of the program as you can.
As with everyone these days, we’ve had to do things a little differently in 2020, turning to a mostly virtual program. But this has opened doors for us in exciting ways. For example, I’m particularly pleased that we have such great participation from government agencies in cities around the world.
From Singapore, we have Tai Fatt Cheng, Managing Director of Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority in session 2, “Building Industry Adaptations for Uncertain Times;” and in session 3, “Urban-Scale Responses in the Pandemic Recovery,” Fun Siew Leng, Chief Urban Designer, Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority, will chart out a vision of resilience that is inclusive, progressive, and prepared in advance for the next crisis.
In session 7, “The New Trajectory of Urban Growth & Connectivity,” we’ll hear from Josep Bohigas, CEO of Barcelona Regional in Spain, on how his city is fashioning a new model of mobility around a grid of “superblocks.”
And, in our last session of the day, session 11, “Toward an Inclusive Crisis Response: Global Approaches,” we’re very proud to have one of the world’s few chief design officers, Christopher Hawthorne of Los Angeles, and Maurice Cox, Planning Commissioner of the City of Chicago (and formerly of both New Orleans and Detroit—someone who can really speak to handling cities in crisis).
I’d also like to point out some perhaps unexpected speakers from outside the typical CTBUH universe, including Tatiana Bilbao and Eugenia Concha representing cutting-edge, socially progressive design in Latin America; Josh Sirefman,Co-Founder of Sidewalk Labs, and Carolyn Steel, architect and author, who will share her “sitopia” theory of food and cities.
And finally, I know we’ve already announced this, but I cannot help but share my personal excitement at having secured a one-on-one interview between Lord Norman Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners and Peter Murray, Chairman, New London Architecture. Lord Foster has been inspiring architects of all kinds for decades, and he is finally making his CTBUH debut. I know Peter Murray will ask intriguing questions and bring out new insights from one of the world’s greatest living architects.
Again, it would give me the greatest pleasure of all to know that all of you will be joining me in what is going to be, yes, a different, but no less fantastic CTBUH Conference experience, in just a few days.