NYU will host The Global Metropolis, a unique conference featuring more than 250 urban experts from cities across America and around the world to discuss how to design, build, and run the world’s metropolitan areas in a time of great environmental and social change. Speakers will examine how cities face a wide range of issues, including innovation and entrepreneurship, infrastructure and resiliency, design and creativity, and density and sustainability.
The conference, created by CityAge, will take place on Tuesday, June 18, and Wednesday, June 19, at NYU’s Eisner and Lubin Auditorium on the 4th floor of the Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York City.
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“The Global Metropolis will explore the great challenges that confront us as well as the opportunities for innovation and progress as we live through the greatest rate of urbanization in human history,” said NYU President John Sexton. “How we build, rebuild, and sustain our cities ranks among the most consequential choices of our time. Our future economies, our local and planetary environments, and the standards of living of billions of people will depend on the decisions we make in this age of the city.”
The conference reinforces NYU’s historic connection to cities and urban scholarship. Founded in 1831 in New York City to be “in and of the city,” NYU recently created two new academic centers focused on urban policy:
• The Marron Institute on Cities and Urban Environment, which sponsors interdisciplinary research to help cities become more livable, sustainable, and equitable; and
• The Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), a public-private research center that uses New York City as its laboratory to help cities become more productive and resilient.
Attendees will come from cities around the world, including Mexico City, Shenzhen-China; Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Seoul-South Korea, London, Toronto, Copenhagen-Denmark, Manchester-UK, Quezon City-Philippines, Vancouver, Atlanta, Seattle, Kansas City, and many more.
The conference will feature more than 60 speakers, including: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley; Lightyear Capital Chairman Donald B. Marron; Bruce Katz, vice president, Brookings Institute; Bjarke Ingels, founding architect, BIG; Richard Barkham, research director, the Grosvenor Group; NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan; NYC Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden; NYC EDC President Seth Pinsky; NYC DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland; and many others. See the full list of speakers here.
NYU participants include Mr. Sexton; Mr. Marron, chairman of the Marron Institute Advisory Board and an NYU trustee; Fred Wilson, managing partner at Union Square Ventures and an NYU trustee; Paul Romer, Marron Institute director; Steven Koonin, CUSP director; Constantine Kontokosta, CUSP deputy director; Vicki Been, director of NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy; and Anthony Townsend, adjunct assistant professor of planning at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
“This is a unique opportunity to converse directly with the people who are building — and rebuilding — the worlds’ cities in a period of profound change,” said Miro Cernetig, co-founder of CityAge America. “How we build our cities in this generation will hold consequences for centuries to come. This is a focus on the solutions that can chart a sustainable and prosperous path for the world’s cities.”
CityAge holds events around North America to explore the business of city building. More than 3,000 people have attended CityAge forums, which Ron Bogle, the president of the American Architectural Foundation, has called one of the leading urban forums.
"CityAge brings together the leaders driving that change for informed and insightful discussions about what’s working, what’s not, and what’s next," said Bogle, who is master of ceremonies at the two-day gathering. "The future of cities is being shaped at CityAge.”
Founded in 1831, NYU is one of the world’s foremost research universities and is a member of the selective Association of American Universities. NYU has degree-granting university campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai; has eleven other global academic sites, including London, Paris, Florence, Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, and Accra; and sends more students to study abroad than any other U.S. college or university. Through its numerous schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and performing arts, music and studio arts, public administration, social work, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas.
CityAge America: Miro Cernetig