Tomorrow's Cities: Building the Future


The INTBAU World Congress is a biennial forum which brings together global perspectives and knowledge for discussion and debate of pressing issues facing the built environment in communities around the world.

Tomorrow’s Cities: Building the Future will focus on the impacts of rapid urbanisation. This is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today, which will have wide-ranging effects on how and where we live. The congress will highlight global efforts at the local, national, and international level to respond to three themed questions:

- Rapid urbanisation: how can our cities grow sustainably? 
14 November, 9.00am - 1.00pm
This session will set the overarching theme for the Congress, assessing efforts being made around the world, and bringing together diverse views and perspectives to develop and support both new and tested answers to the question of how our cities can grow quickly and sustainably.

Speakers include:

- Ben Bolgar of Prince’s Foundation for Building Community
- Clive Harridge of Commonwealth Association of Planners
- Eleri Jones of Space Syntax
- Hank Dittmar of Hank Dittmar Associates
- Laura Petrella of United Nations Human Settlements Programme
- Leo Hollis, author and historian
- Lucy Slack of Commonwealth Local Government Forum
- Peter Elmlund of Future of Places
- Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect
- Shanker Singham of Legatum Institute
- Sir Graham Wynne of The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit

- Shifting identities: how does heritage evolve?
14 November, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
This session will examine how identities shift as heritage evolves in urban contexts, looking at the formation of community, memory in architecture, the economic potential of built heritage, and the need for both construction and destruction to allow traditions to continue to adapt to retain their relevance. Held in association with the International National Trusts Organisation.

Speakers include:

- Catrini Pratihari Kubontubuh of Indonesian Heritage Trust
- Dr Julia Wedel of Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture
- Jonathan Schifferes of Royal Society of Arts
- Keith Harrison-Broninski of RSA & Town Digital Hub
- Nicholas Boys Smith of Create Streets
- Rau Hoskins of Design Tribe Architects
- Shoshana Stewart of Turquoise Mountain
- Simon Murray of National Trust
- Wil Hunter of London School of Architecture

- Shelter: how can we build better homes?
15 November, 8.30am - 12.00pm
The final session will explore the urgent need for local ideas, proposals, and models of how we can create, provide, and build better homes that effectively and sustainably respond to rapid urbanisation. Session chair: Jane Duncan, RIBA President

Speakers include:

- Alan Brouder of Habitat for Humanity
- Arif Hasan, expert in informal settlements
- Dr Harriet Harriss of RCA
- Dr Orna Rosenfeld of UN senior housing expert
- Jane Duncan, RIBA president
- Marianne Heaslip, Terrace21m, Granby Four Streets, CLT, URBED
- Prof. Michael Lykoudis, Dean School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
- Prof. Richard Economakis, University of Notre Dame School of Architecture
- Robert Neuwirth, journalist author and investigative reporter

Location: Where: RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London

Cost: £150 per person, group ticket for 4 guests: £500
(student rate: £50)

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