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Second Collection on The Future of Cities

Cities are facing huge functional, social and environmental challenges. With the changing climate, the constant flux of [forced] migration and growing economies, urban areas are continually transforming. This outlook has nudged municipal authorities around the world to leverage different imaginaries: positive-energy districts, smart cities, 15-minute neighbourhoods, the feminist city, net-zero, and so on. Commitments like this raise several questions: What does the future of cities look like? How should we live and work in the future city? Which urban values will we hold in the future? How do we plan and govern the cities of the future? What methods and approaches should we use to shape future cities?

In this series, the Citizens Collective brings together academics, policymakers, and practitioners to reflect on these questions and envision The Future of Cities together. We will open with a panel of scholars and practitioners from the Global South. We invite you to join us in this exercise of imagining what cities will look like in the future.


The Speakers

Visiting Associate Professor, Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand

Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, UNC, Chapel Hill; Adjunct Professor, PhD Program in Design and Creation, Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia

Director, Architect & Urban Designer (UrbanWorks); Unit Leader (Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg), South Africa

May 11, 2022 | 1600 CET


Urban Development Division, Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Building, Germany

May 18, 2022 | 1600 CET


Will Cycling Save Our Cities? A Story of Love and Panic

PhD Fellow at NERDS (NEtwoRks, Data and Society), IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

May 25, 2022 | 1600 CET


Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Jun 1, 2022 | 1200 CET*

*change in time

A Scaling Theory Lens on Inequalities: Cities, Income, Housing

Urban Science Lab, School of Architecture, Design, and Planning, The University of Sydney, Australia

Jun 8, 2022 | 1600 CET


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Geography & University Research Priority Program “Dynamics of Healthy Aging”, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Jun 15, 2022 | 1600 CET


The Unforeseen Future City: Its Real and Imaginary Counterparts

Professor of Complexity Science, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London, United Kingdom

Jun 22, 2022 | 1600 CET


Assistant Professor in Urban Studies, TU-Delft (The Netherlands) and CNRS Researcher (France)

Jun 29, 2022 | 1600 CET*

*time to be confirmed


Full Professor of Economic Geography, Department of Economic Geography, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Jul 6, 2022 | 0900 CET*

*change in time

Senior Research Fellow, Emerging Technologies Research Lab, Monash University, Australia