Cities are changing rapidly. It’s not always good change, but there’s much to be positive about. The festival starts by looking at how we create new cities for the world we now live in – a theme that runs throughout the three days. To mark Anti-Slavery Day, Andrew Wallis from Bristol-based Unseen talks about how we can solve the modern slavery problem; Syrian architect Marwa al-Sabouni looks at how to rebuild cities after war; and James Brooks (National League of Cities, Washington DC) looks at how American cities are leading the way on many initiatives in the era of the Donald Trump Presidency.
This is followed by Gil Penalosa’s festival keynote address: Creating Vibrant Cities and Healthy Communities for All. How do we ensure that cities treat our most vulnerable citizens – children, older adults and the poor – well? Ranging over sustainable mobility (walking, cycling, public transit, new uses of cars) and on public parks and other public spaces, Penalosa debates how we create successful cities with healthy communities where all people will live happier lives. He draws on a rich experience of working in city authorities – he was Commissioner of Parks, Sport and Recreation for the City of Bogotá where he and his team created one of the most successful and renowned parks and recreation systems in the world – as well as experience from working in over 250 different cities around the world.