Greenfield Cities Alliance

The leading global network of greenfield urban developments around the world

In 2013, NewCities launched the Greenfield Cities Alliance: the first and only community of its kind, a global network of greenfield urban developments around the world.

It involved 36 leading new urban development projects from over 21 countries, including preeminent planners, developers, architects and investors. 

The goal of this initiative was to create a setting to share best practices and generate strategies that fuel new cities’ growth into inclusive, connected, healthy and vibrant communities.


Through annual meetings, city & site visits, and events, the Greenfield Cities Alliance allows member cities the opportunity to:

Gain insight into successful practices in governance, infrastructure, policy, urban design, and technology integration

Connect with other greenfield cities — from conception-stage to post-groundbreaking — in order to learn from one another’s experience

Acquire tools and critical knowledge for responding to the needs & challenges in contemporary waves of urbanization

Increase the visibility of their projects in the
global conversation on urbanization and network with service providers, potential investors and innovation eco-systems (startups, incubators etc.)

Improve quality of life in new urban areas through health and wellbeing solutions

2021 Greenfield Cities Alliance Dialogues 

Through webinars and in-person events, this series of three dialogues convenes greenfield cities from around the world and experts from all sectors to share best practices, lessons learned, and the tools needed for urbanization.

Dialogue #1: New Paradigms for Greenfield Cities of the Future
Dialogue #2: Sustainable Urban Mobility, Systems of the Future
Dialogue #3: Cities, Sovereignty, and Citizenship


NewCities has a history of successful greenfield cities convenings and has gathered over 800 leaders, services providers, and investors.

  • In 2013, 2014 and 2015, the Cityquest Forum brought over 150 participants each year to King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia to exchange among key visionaries, partners and builders of the world’s most innovative new city projects.
  • In 2015 and 2016, we organized intimate Working Group expeditions to Lavasa, India and Iskandar, Malaysia.
  • NewCities led Annual Greenfield Cities Alliance meetings in Songdo, South Korea, in 2017, in Amaravati, India, in 2019, and during the 10th World Urban Forum, in Abu Dhabi in 2020, which brought together more than 30 new city projects.


Through annual meetings, city & site visits, and events, the Greenfield Cities Alliance allows member cities the opportunity to:


In May 2020, we released a dedicated episode on
“Lessons from Greenfield Megaprojects” as part of NewCities’ Big Rethink, a webinar series tackling the effects of COVID-19 on cities.

"From a New City to a Destination City"


NewCities has partnered with Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, to present our Big Picture edition on greenfield cities.

In March 2018, we explored why cities are built from scratch. We now focus on how these cities are developing and thriving to become a destination – for its citizens and visitors. 

"The Next Wave of Greenfield Cities"

The world is experiencing three massive transitions in the urban space – the rollout of greenfield cities, the decarbonization of our energy system, and a profound mobility revolution that is fundamentally changing how goods and people move through cities.

This edition explores how these three transitions are changing the urban landscape and the way new and young cities are being designed, built, and inhabited. 


Amaravati, India

Berlin TXL, Germany

BSD City, Indonesia

CHEC Port City Colombo, Sri Lanka 

Clark Green City, Philippines

Cross River State New Cities, Nigeria

Cyberjaya, Malaysia

Dholera, India

Foum El Oued Technopole, Morocco

Gracefield Island, Nigeria

Green City of Benguerir, Morocco 

Gujarat International Finance Tec-City, India

HafenCity Hamburg, Germany

Iskandar, Malaysia

Jazan Economic City, Saudi Arabia

Kabul New City, Afghanistan

Khorgos Gateway, Kazakhstan

King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia

King City, Ghana

Konza Techno City, Kenya

Lavasa, India

Masdar, United Arab Emirates

NEOM, Saudi Arabia

New Al-Alamein, Egypt

New Capital, Egypt

Palava City, India

Ponneri Smart City, India

Rawabi, Palestine

Roma Park, Zambia

Sejong City, South Korea

Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment and Development Co,

Songdo, South Korea

Sri City, India

Tatu City, Kenya

Yachay Knowledge City, Ecuador



Sarah Moser

Associate Fellow, Greenfield Cities, NewCities