Rapidly growing populations and increasingly scarce resources are two of the biggest challenges that cities face today. But how are policymakers, developers, entrepreneurs and designers responding to these issues? For the third year in a row, the New York Times’ Cities for Tomorrow conference will bring together the world’s top urban-thinkers to discuss what’s being done to enact change that will positively shape our expanding urbanscape. This year’s panels will focus in on analyzing winning urban formulas that have helped cities thrive, including the addition of food halls, advanced transit, public/private partnerships, and new approaches to education.
This July 18-19th, join hosts Times senior editor Charles Duhigg and Big City columnist Ginia Bellafante, and speakers such as Jeanne Gang, Danny Meyer, Edward Glaeser, Allison Arieff for nearly 20 riveting talks and discussions. The conference is invitation only but you can apply to attend by visiting NYTCitiesForTomorrow.com >>
Helping to kick off the 2015 New York Times Cities for Tomorrow conference, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels—principal of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), the firm responsible for 2 World Trade Center, Google HQ in Mountain View (with Thomas Heatherwick), the Dry Line and the pyramid-shaped “Via,” AKA 625 West 57th Street, among many others—talked “social infrastructure” with New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman. The baby-faced “starchitect 2.0” was his usual quotable and slightly mischievous self, yet, as always, provided plenty of insight on the topic at hand.
Well-known for his suggestion that “Architecture at its best is really the power to make the world a little bit more like our dreams,” Ingels offered his views on the ideal workspace design, what makes a memorable skyscraper and what some of his toughest challenges have been, in addition to speaking to the architect’s role in the social evolution of modern cities.
Find out the highlights and watch a video of the discussion
Cities for Tomorrow is back again for its second year, and we’ve teamed up with the New York Times to give one lucky 6sqft reader a free pass (worth $595!) to the event taking place July 20th–21st in Midtown Manhattan. Join leaders in the real estate, architecture and urban planning fields such as New York City’s police commissioner, William Bratton, Bloomberg’s Daniel Doctoroff, SPUR’s Allison Arieff, starchitect Bjarke Ingels, and Related’s Stephen Ross as they discuss the challenges facing the globe’s infrastructure and transportation systems. The goal of the Cities for Tomorrow conference is to provide a forum for industry leaders to spark new ideas, relationships and opportunities as they present their expertise in the arts, design, economic development, new tech businesses, income inequality, education and health in a collaborative environment.
HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is sign up for our newsletter here. If you’ve already signed up, simply leave a comment below telling us what topic off this year’s agenda interests you the most. The deadline to enter is 11:59PM, Sunday, July 12th, and we will email the winner on Monday, July 13th. Good luck!
Those interested in purchasing a ticket can also do so by requesting an invitation through NYTCitiesForTomorrow.com. Enter the 6sqft code CFTSQ20 for 20 percent off the admission price.
The New York Times Cities For Tomorrow conference is back again and better than ever, this time promising to deliver even more riveting talks centered on the forward-thinking innovations that are rapidly reshaping the world as we know it. This year, join Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman as he leads the two-day event, running July 20th-21st, which will bring together the globe’s leading writers, researchers, real estate giants, political leaders and architects as they explore the challenges facing our infrastructure and transportation systems.
The goal of the Cities for Tomorrow conference is to provide a forum for industry leaders to spark new ideas, relationships and opportunities as they present their expertise in the arts, economic development, new tech businesses, income inequality, education and health in a collaborative environment. Some of this year’s speakers include New York City’s police commissioner, William Bratton, Bloomberg’s Daniel Doctoroff, SPUR’s Allison Arieff, starchitect Bjarke Ingels, and Related’s Stephen Ross—you can check out the whole list and agenda over at the event site.
Want to attend? The conference is invitation only, but 6sqft readers can request an invite using the code CFTSQ20—this will also knock 20% off the admission price. Be sure to act fast because the event is almost sold out! For more info, visit NYTCitiesForTomorrow.com.