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


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.

More details to come!


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:
VIRTUAL DISCUSSION 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.
BIG PICTURE: "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. 
BIG PICTURE: "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