The Global Metropolis

New York City

Eisner and Lubin Auditorium

4th Floor, Kimmel Center, NYU

60 Washington Square South

June 18th and 19th, 2013


Master of Ceremonies: Ronald Bogle, President and CEO, American Architectural Foundation

DAY 1 ~ JUNE 18

8:30 am Opening by event MC Ronald Bogle and welcome from John Sexton, President, New York University
8:40 am Opening by Jaana Remes, Principal, McKinsey Global Institute
9:00 am Presentation by Jill Lerner, FAIA, Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and President AIA NY and James von Klemperer, FAIA, Design Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
9:20 am Global Catalysts: Cities and the global economy
  We are in a new phase in the evolution of world cities, where more than half of the world now lives. This session will offer an overview of where our new age of city building can take us. Advances in digital infrastructure, informatics, data and telecommunications combined with the ease of virtual and physical travel, are creating new opportunities in global business, culture, research and the design of our cities. Cities and their downtown cores require continuous re-development and updating to remain globally competitive. The historic migration to the city presents major challenges — but also new possibilities to grow our economy, our knowledge and improve the state of urban life and the health of the planet.

  • Paul O’Connor, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Kyung-Ah Park, Head of Environmental Markets Group, Goldman Sachs
  • Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor, London, UK
  • Barry Johnson, Principal, 32 Advisors

Panel Chair: Jill Lerner, FAIA, Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, and President AIA NY

10:05 am Presentation by Amanda Burden, Commissioner, New York City Department of City Planning and Chair, City Planning Commission
10:25 am Presentation by: Bruce Katz, Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institute
10:45 am Morning Coffee Break
11:05 am Session 2: The Innovation Metropolis: How universities, companies and research networks are reshaping the economy
  New partnerships among universities and cities have a central role to play in developing the intellectual assets that can improve our urban future and catalyze new business successes. What are the examples of partnerships between business, cities, academe and NGO’s that are catalyzing new urban economies? How can the private sector, cities and universities work together to make cities magnets for human talent that is essential to remain competitive in the 21st Century’s global economy?

  • Simon Farbrother, City Manager, City of Edmonton
  • Gabriella Gomez-Mont, Director, Laboratory for the City, Mexico City
  • Pierre-Gerlier Forest, President & CEO, The Trudeau Foundation
  • Euan Robertson, President and COO, MaRS Discovery District

Panel Chair: Soumitra Dutta, Dean, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

11:50 am Presentation by Bjarke Ingels, Founding Architect, BIG
12:10 pm Break for lunch
12:25 pm Lunchtime keynote Address by: John Sexton, President, New York University
  On the new age of cities: The traditional metropolitan strength of FIRE [financial, insurance, real estate economies] remains vital. But to thrive in the new global economy, the modern metropolis must build ICE [Intellectual, creative and education assets]. President Sexton will describe the age of the global metropolis.
12:45 pm Lunchtime interview with Donald B. Marron, Chairman, Lightyear Capital LLC by Paul Romer, Director, Marron Institute
1:30 pm Session 3: Designing the Global Metropolis: How design and creativity will shape the 21st-Century city
  Cities rely on complex and integrated systems to work. The global metropolis demands new models and approaches to building and rebuilding our cities. How can global cities partner with the private sector, cultural institutions, universities and creative industries to create an innovative economy and livable city? This panel will explain why design thinking must be weaved into a great metropolis.

  • Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Council (Mayor), City of Manchester, UK
  • Joy Bailey Bryant, Principal Consultant, Lord Cultural Resources
  • Brad Clark, Principal, Populous
  • Bob Rennie, Director, Rennie Marketing Systems, and Chair, Tate North American Acquisitions Committee, Tate Gallery, UK

Panel Chair: Cathleen McGuigan, Editor in Chief, Architectural Record

2:20 pm Presentation by Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation
2:40 pm Presentation by Richard Daley, Executive Chairman, Tur Partners LLC and Former Mayor, City of Chicago
3:00 pm Presentation by Fred Dust, Partner, IDEO
3:20 pm Short Afternoon Break
3:40 pm Presentation by Steven Koonin, Director, NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP)
4:00 pm Session 4: Density and the Metropolis: Tapping into the synergy & talent of people in our burgeoning cities
  Record numbers of people are moving to the world’s cities. The diversity of people who live in close contact raises the potential for new economic opportunity as well as social friction. How do cities turn their diversity and density into a resource rather than a problem? What are the new models of urban design, the technologies and management system, and the partnerships that will make density in urban cores the secret to sustainability in the urban age?

  • Jonie Fu, Director of Urban Design, AECOM
  • Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner and Executive Director, City of Toronto
  • Deborah Marton, Senior Vice President of Programs, New York Restoration Project

Panel Chair: Carol Coletta, Vice President, Community and National Initiatives, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

4:45 pm Session 5: The Startup Metropolis: How to catalyze the next generation of companies
  For more than a generation, major cities have experienced a steady decline of manufacturing and jobs from the city core. There is, however, a new trend: downtowns are growing again in major cities around the world, and seeing a new entrepreneur economy rising that is based on high technology, ‘maker’ manufacturing and entrepreneurship. Why are some cities so much better at fostering a great network of startup companies? How can cities accelerate this renaissance of the downtown through partnerships, zoning, tax policy and external marketing of a re-focused metropolitan brand?

  • Jeff Friedman, Co-Director, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Philadelphia
  • Fred Wilson, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures
  • Molly Thorkelson, COO, Adafruit Indistries LLC

Panel Chair: Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City

5:30 pm Day 1 close and Call to Evening Reception at the Center for Architecture


8:30 am Call to order
8:40 am Presentation by: Susan Crawford, Fellow, Roosevelt Institute
9:00 am Session 6: Cloud Cities: How to build urban digital infrastructure for the metropolis
  Digital infrastructure is as crucial to the economy’s future as roads and bridges, waterworks and hydro lines. Building these digital assets in time of fiscal restraint requires smart new partnerships between the public and private sectors. Such partnerships are essential for the metropolis to link into the global networks that will spark innovation, productivity and build a new generation of entrepreneurial businesses. This panel will highlight how to build and capitalize on next-generation digital infrastructure.

  • Jung Hee Song, Senior Executive Vice President, Korea Telecom (KT)
  • Andrew Blum, Journalist and Author
  • Susan Crawford, Fellow, Roosevelt Institute
  • Herman Wagter, Former CEO, Amsterdam CityNet
  • Theodore Iacobuzio, Vice President of Global Insights MasterCard

Panel Chair: Peter Miscovich, Managing Director, Strategic Consulting, Jones Lang LaSalle

10:00 am Comments by Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta
10:20 am Presentation by Richard Barkham, Group Research Director, Grosvenor
10:40 am Morning Coffee Break
11:05 am Session 7: Data in the Global Metropolis: How the data age will shape the future of city building
  A modern metropolis is a complex system, circulating people, finance, dollars and ideas at unprecedented speed. The business of city building is rooted in the management of such information. It stands to drive new models of urban planning and municipal services, drive environmental sustainability, improve traffic flows and build a nexus of companies supporting more efficient cities around the world. This panel will address the path ahead in urban analytics and the future partnership opportunities between cities, business, research institutions and the plugged in citizenry of the global metropolis.

  • Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, Research Director, Smart Cities Strategies, IDC
  • Florence Hudson, Executive, Energy and Environment, IBM
  • Michael Flowers, Director of Analytics, City of New York
  • Simon Williams, Chief Executive, QuantumBlack

Panel Chair: Constantine Kontokosta, Deputy Director, Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP)

11:50 am Presentation by Rick Antonson, International Tourism expert, on cities as modern cathedrals
12:10 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Presentation by Takashi Hongo, Senior Fellow, Mitsui Global Strategic Studies
  Mr. Hongo will report on developments being undertaken to develop waste to energy projects in Tokyo and other major Asian cities, and the global lessons that can be adopted.
1:50 pm Comments by: Mr. Tang Jie, Vice Mayor, City of Shenzen, China
2:10 pm Session 8: The Sustainable Metropolis: How cities can lead our energy and water future
  Cities occupy only two per cent of the planet. But with more than half of the population in them, they are the world’s largest user of our resources. Cities are also the world’s crucibles of innovation. In our urban age, the metropolis is an ideal platform to test out how new systems in information and resource management, innovative use of building materials and urban design, can lead to a sustainable future. This panel will look at best practices from around the world and the advances on the way.

  • Carter H. Strickland, Jr., Commissioner, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • Jim Good, Interim Executive Director, The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and Executive Vice President, Veolia Water North America – West
  • Eleni Reed, Chief Greening Officer, U.S. General Services Administration’s Public Building Service
  • Emma Stewart, Senior Program Lead, Sustainability Solutions, Autodesk University

Panel Chair: Jonathan F.P. Rose, President, Jonathan Rose Companies

3:00 pm Address by Seth Pinsky, President, New York City Economic Development Corporation
  Seth Pinsky has been tasked by Mayor Bloomberg with preparing a concrete recovery plans for the communities hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, as well as a specific and comprehensive action plan to prepare New York City for the climate risks of the 21st Century. Mr. Pinsky will provide an update on those efforts.
3:20 pm Session 9: The Resilient Metropolis: Infrastructure today for the conditions of tomorrow
  Hurricane Sandy on the US east coast, record monsoons in the Philippines, droughts in Africa and rising sea surges around the globe are giving city builders pause. Coastal cities such as Shanghai, London, New York and others are home to hundreds of millions of people but also the engines of the global economy. This panel will look at how design and technology — from the use of better materials, new management systems and the need for connected infrastructures — will protect cities in the 21st Century. What are the funding models, the technological advances and innovative partnerships that will define the resilient architecture and infrastructure of the global metropolis?

  • Michael Davidson, Managing Director, Global Real Estate, JP Morgan Chase
  • Mindy Lubber, President, CERES
  • Tim Duggan, Landscape Architect and Community Planner, Make it Right Foundation
  • Nancy Kete, Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation

  • Panel Chair: Vicki Been, Director, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, NYU

4:05 pm Session 10: The Mobile Metropolis: The 21st-Century transportation revolution
  This session will explore the cutting edge systems that are now being applied around the world — and those that soon will be — to move around the millions of people in the urban age. From new ideas on infrastructure design and management to airport connections to tailored public transit, this panel will look at this multi-billion dollar opportunity — and explore where the money will come from to build the mobile metropolis.

  • Paul Katz, Managing Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
  • Kevin Thibault, Vice President, Transportation, Parsons
  • Anthony Townsend, Author and Professor, NYU

  • Panel Chair: Tom Wright, Executive Director, Regional Plan Association

4:50 pm Closing Comments by John Sexton, President, New York University