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September 09, 2021  |  permalink

New Paradigms for Greenfield Cities of the Future

The 21st century could well be the time when the very concept of a city is re-examined and reworked. Profound changes in climate are already forcing us to think about new cities that could replace, for example, low-lying coastal megacities like Lagos, Jakarta and, tomorrow perhaps, Miami. Other cities may be rendered completely unliveable because of heat or lack of water. Never have we needed human ingenuity and innovation more than now.

The 2021 Greenfield Cities Alliance Dialogues will tackle these trends, identify pressing challenges, and showcase innovative solutions. The first webinar on August 25th (watch above) set the stage for the series, examining how master-planning new cities is changing in the wake of these interconnected trends.

The second, invitation-only event will be held in person on September 23rd in New York City, in conjunction with our partners at the Cornell Tech Urban Tech Hub. Please register here for an invitation.

Sarah Moser, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, McGill University
Anthony Townsend, Urbanist-in-Residence, Cornell Tech
Peter Terium, Managing Director of Energy, Water, and Food, NEOM
Gökçe Günel, author of “Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi”
Greg Lindsay, Director of Applied Research, NewCities

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Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is the director of applied research at NewCities and director of strategy at its mobility offshoot CoMotion.  He is also a partner at FutureMap, a geo-strategic advisory firm based in Singapore, a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.

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