Urban Transitions Global Summit


High level speakers will give keynote talks at the conference supplemented by 150 contributed oral presentations.

Keynote speakers:

Thomas BaileyThomas Bailey, Head of Research, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, USA

Stephen Barrett

Stephen Barrett, Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, UK
The compact metropolis: Lessons in sustainable master-planning from Paris

Michael Batty

Michael Batty, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London, UK
The science of cities in an interconnected world

Anthony Capon

Anthony Capon, Director, International Institute for Global Health, United Nations University, Malaysia
Urbanization, sustainable development and human health:  Integrative perspectives on the health of people, places and planetary systems

Dongping Fang

Dongping Fang, Tsinghua University, China

Herbert GirardetHerbert Girardet, World Future Council, Germany
Towards the regenerative city

Wu Honglei

Wu Honglei, Tongji Architectural Design, China
Reflection on green and sustainable design for super high-rise buildings in the metropolis,

Susan Parnell

Susan Parnell, Professor of Urban Geography and Co-Founder African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, South Africa
The 2030 policy endorsements of a sustainable urban future: Implications for research

Feniosky Peña-Mora

Feniosky Peña-Mora, Commissioner of the New York City, Department of Design and Construction, USA
Design and construction excellence 2.0
(DCE 2.0)

Christoph Reinhart

Christoph Reinhart,Associate Professor in Building Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Urban energy systems – Towards more sustainable city and neighborhood design

Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University, USA
Who owns the city?

David Satterthwaite

David Satterthwaite,Senior Fellow, International Institute for Environment and Development, UK
Can climate change adaptation be separated from development in urban centres in low- and middle-income countries?

Xuejun Shen

Xuejun Shen, Siemens Ltd, China
Title to be announced

Clay Stranger

Clay Stranger, Office of the Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute, USA
Low carbon solutions for cities

Guanghua Wan

Guanghua Wan, Asian Development Bank Institute, Japan
The impact of urbanization in Asia

Wu Zhiqiang

Wu Zhiqiang, Professor, College of Architecture and Urban Planning and Vice President, Tongji University, China
Rules of urbanization and the choice of China

Speakers and Panellists

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Future city vision

Chair: Darren Robinson, University of Nottingham, UK

Ian Gardner, Ove Arup & Partners Ltd., UK

Herbert Giradet, Co-Founder, World Future Council, Germany

So-Young Lee, IGES, Japan

Alan Organschi, Principal and Partner, Gray Organschi Architecture, US

From urban to planetary health

Chair: Franz W. Gatzweiler, Institute of Urban Environment (IUE), China; Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China

Anthony Capon, United Nations University, Malaysia

Tolullah Oni, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Susan Parnell, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Yong-Guan Zhu, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China

Tall buildings

Chair: Karen Seto, Yale University, USA

Stephen Barrett, Partner Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, UK

Ding Jiemein, President Tongji Architectural Design, China

Daniel Safarik, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, China

Wu Zhiqiang, Tongji University, China

Future directions of urban research

Chair: Xuemei Bai, Professor of Urban Environment and Human Ecology, The Australian National University, Australia

Debra Roberts, Head of the Environmental, Planning and Climate Protection Department, Durban, South Africa

Professor Jiahua Pan, Institute for Urban & Environmental Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

Karen Seto, Yale University, USA

Ryoko Nakano, IGES, Japan