22 May, 18:00–19:15

The number of urban residents is growing by nearly 60 million per annum, so that by 2050 some 6.4 billion people – or seven out of every ten people – will be living in a city. This enormous demographic transition requires new approaches in urban planning and development, and cities of all sizes and in all geographies are replacing the ‘modernist’ town planning concept of the 20th century with the concept of ‘Cities for People’, where planning takes place on a ‘human-scale’. How can city planners, policy makers, businesses and other constituents best collaborate to make our cities convenient, affordable, lively, safe, and attractive to live in? How can the private sector come to benefit from this fundamental shift in approaches to urban development?


Key moments

"In order for a city to get transformed, it needs three main conditions: people of the city feel moved towards changes in their life; political willingness to follow this desire; and the third condition is not big money – you don’t need big money for this transformation – the third condition is talent".
Enric Massip-Bosch
"The idea of livable cities is spreading very fast to all regions in the world. [Livable cities] with light rails, bicycles, wide sidewalks, trees – we can hardly wait to go there".
Jan Gehl
"St. Petersburg has a chance to skip the period of trial and error and move directly to models that have proven to work".
Nina Oding
"In the modern world cities are becoming the locomotives for economic development, and the prosperity of national economies largely depends on the economic prosperity of individual cities".
Oleg Pachenkov