The 2014 New Cities Summit to focus on ‘Re-imagining Cities’

Comments Off December 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm

The New Cities Foundation this week announced the theme for the New Cities Summit 2014 will be Re-imagining Cities: Transforming the 21st Century Metropolis.

Organizers say the summit will gather 1,000 urban leaders, mayors, CEOs, architects, entrepreneurs, academics, thinkers, urban planners, scientists and artists for “pragmatic, action-oriented discussions on the future of the urban world.”

The invitation-only event will take place on June 17 -19 in the Dallas Arts District.

According to the organization, by 2050, cities will be home to 70% of the world’s population. Cities and metropolitan regions are increasingly becoming powerful economic and political actors in their own right.

 “As cities develop, and as they increasingly compete and cooperate across borders, they need to deftly and strategically position and re-position themselves on local, national and global playing fields,” said John Rossant, founder and chairman of the foundation.

“For most, this means a difficult but necessary process of re-imagination and transformation. This calls for creativity, and it also calls for decisive action and common purpose.”

The previous editions of the New Cities Summit took place in São Paulo, Brazil in 2013 and in Paris in 2012. The host city for the 2015 Summit will be announced in Dallas in June 2014.

Further information is available at www.newcitiessummit2014.org.