Future Cities Americas
Throughout the pandemic, predictions of ‘de-urbanization’ and the “death of the city” became the norm in global headlines.
This, combined with unsettling climate reports and soaring social injustice, has invited a rethink on what the next phase of urbanization in the Americas will look like. National and local governments must address how future cities will be powered and connected, how to make buildings and transport more sustainable and efficient, and how to turn cities into clean, safe and equitable places to live and work for all citizens.
Although there is no doubt that Covid changed modern urban living, the narrative that big cities will cease to exist is premature, to say the least.
In fact, with more than half the world’s population living in cities already, it is projected to rise to 60 percent by 2030, according to UN reports. How will cities need to evolve to adapt to the challenges of climate change and the new hybrid ways of living and working? What will the post-pandemic city look like? What factors contribute to successful urbanization models? And how are city goals financed and achieved with limited resources?
The Financial Times is thrilled to launch the Future Cities Americas forum which will bring together government leaders, corporates, innovators, academics, investors, and financial services, to establish a common vision for the sustainable, equitable, and safe cities of tomorrow.
World-class business leaders and speakers
Next Phase of Urbanization Over Drinks
The FT Future Cities America will take place virtually over two full days.
However, our team at the FT understands that there’s nothing like the power of people coming together and the need for relaxation and enjoyment of the company of colleagues. Most importantly, we recognize the value of in‑person networking. On day two of the event, we will be hosting Next Phase of Urbanization Over Drinks, an in‑person networking reception.
The event will be hosted at The Company Building at Grand Central, New York on the evening of April 27th and will feature a keynote interview, panel discussion and the drinks reception with leaders in urban development.
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Private and public sector partnerships
How to build effective teams and partnerships on the road to city transformation?
What are existing and new financing models for smart cities?
How to create the infrastructure which enables greater equity and economic participation?
Buildings and built environment
How can the built environment be a part of a solution to climate and societal issues in the city?
How to speed up the eMobility evolution?
How can cities become a driving force in addressing climate change and driving energy transition efforts forward?
Governance and funding
As the worlds of crypto and fiat assets become more intertwined, what form should new regulation take?
How to attract capital and finance projects in urban areas
With policy makers, city planners, technologists, and innovators to discuss the pressing issues facing cities and urban life
What different cities are doing to support cleaner and more efficient flow of business and people
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