The Greenfield Cities Alliance Dialogues 2021

November 18, 2021 — Expertise

Through webinars and in-person events, these dialogues will convene greenfield cities from around the world and experts from all sectors to share best practices, lessons learned, and the tools needed for urbanization. We will have crucial discussions about the future of sustainability, mobility, and much more in new master-planned cities around the world.

Dialogue #1:

New Paradigms for Greenfield Cities of the Future

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

Dialogue #2:

Sustainable Urban Mobility
Systems of the Future

On September 23, 2021, NewCities convened the second edition of the Greenfield Cities Alliance Dialogues 2021 in New York City at Cornell Tech’s Verizon Center in partnership with the university’s Urban Tech Hub.

Adam Giambrone, Director of Regional and Urban Mobility, NEOM
Heather Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)
Van Espahbodi, Co-Founder and COO, Starburst
Greg Lindsay, Director of Applied Research, NewCities

Dialogue #3:

Cities, Sovereignty,
and Citizenship

This panel will explore how greenfield cities have always been testbeds for extraterritoriality, and what citizenship means in a future with an unprecedented number of people on the move.

Mansoor Hanif, Executive Director of Emerging Technologies, NEOM Tech & Digital
H.E. Gabriel Abed, Ambassador of Barbados to the United Arab Emirates
Ruth Annus, Director General of Citizenship and Migration Policy Department, Ministry of Interior, Estonia
Lorraine Charles, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Na’amal
Guy Perry, Vice President, Urban Planning & Design, Dubai, McKinsey & Company
Greg Lindsay, Director of Applied Research, NewCities (moderator)


The three fold mission of Cornell Urban Tech Hub is: 

  • 1. Create a tech work force in NYC and ecosystem; 
  • 2. Applied research to help cities to recovering and accelerate the positive impact of technology on cities;
  • 3. Create synergies and partnerships.