NewCities Summit 2012

Thinking Ahead, Building Together

The NewCities Summit 2012 was the first edition of Summit series and aimed at placing the city at the heart of the global discussion. The event mixed high-level conversations featuring some of the most recognized global urban thought leaders and decision makers — mayors, CEOs and business leaders, academics, architects, technologists, media leaders and entrepreneurs — with innovative demos and interactive thematic workshops.

NewCities Summit 2012 – Opening Plenary – Defining Urbanities: How we became a City Species and Why it Matters

Thinking Ahead, Building Together

For the first time in our history, we are a world of cities. By the middle of this century, the world’s urban population will likely have doubled to reach 7 billion people. In Asia alone, cities are projected to reach 2.5 billion people by 2025. The scale and pace of urbanization is unprecedented and its impact will be felt in all spheres on human life. Quite simply, this will be one of the defining features of the 21st century.

The theme of the 2012 Summit Thinking Ahead, Building Together reflected our belief that understanding and contributing to our common urban future will require audacity, analysis and, above all, partnership.

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