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Cities for Future

Simten Birsöz Inanç



Thursday, June 30, 2022


ICC: Voices from Cities Room A
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality / Istanbul Planning Agency
Polish, Spanish, English, French + CART
VC-A 14


The event brings together urban leaders and representatives of strategic planning divisions of major global cities that developed strategic urban plans, interfaces and creative hubs that enable inclusive co-thinking for the future of their cities. The participants will discuss their future visions and their creative and innovative approaches for their respective city. Participants will share their own local experience through a global lens, introduce their reference points and particular perspectives, and express their priorities for a better future. The planners will also share their experience regarding how they ensure that every resident is granted the right to take part in the decision-making processes for city-related issues. -The event will be 1 hour and 30 minutes long -There will be an introduction by the moderator for 5 minutes. -Each participant will talk for about 12 minutes. -There will be a Question & Answer session for 25 minutes * WUF11 will probably be the first international event, when the Vision 2050 plan of Istanbul will be shared with international audiences, and this will bring a special importance and public/press interest to the event. *The speakers and the moderator will be diversified to include representatives from creative and innovative hubs that enable co-thinking at the city level.


The meeting aims to -Introduce innovative methods for responsive and participatory planning for sustainable urban futures. -Share experience about how to encourage residents and stakeholders to take part in the planning and co-thinking processes. -Discuss ways to form effective multilevel governance arrangements. -Improve collaboration between global cities to rethink and take action together for a better urban future.

Session speakers

Dr Philipp Rode
Executive Director of LSE Cities, Associate Professorial Research Fellow
London School of Economics (LSE)
Ms. Burcu Özüpak Güleç
Vision 2050 Office - Istanbul Planning Agency
Mr. Oriol Estela Barnet
General Director
Barcelona Metropolitan Strategic Plan
Mr. Rashid Seedat
Executive Director
Gauteng City-Region Observatory
Ms. Yimin Wu
Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning & Design
Ms. Elke Plate
City Planner
Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment, Berlin