Accessibility to basic services in our closest surroundings has become essential and the mono-functionality of cities has proven not to be a resilient solution. During the time of the pandemic, we have definitely rediscovered the importance of proximity. We have become more local and in need of being able to provide all the functions of a city in every neighbourhood. We need a sense of community around us to enjoy our daily life, and we need the environment around us to facilitate this.
Moderator: Irene Escorihuela, director, Observatori DESC.
Raquel Rolnik, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Housing.
Mike Lydon, director of The Street Plans Collaborative and author of Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action for Long-Term Change.
The climate emergency will change everything, and cities, where 78% of the world’s energy is consumed and 60% of the world’s emissions are produced, will suffer the effects in an increasingly dramatic way.
Yet it is also in cities where innovative initiatives are emerging to counter this situation.
Moderator: Laia Creus i Badia, journalist and scriptwriter for radio and television, focusing on ecological emergency communication.
Andreu Escrivá, scientist and author of Aún no es tarde: Claves para entender y frenar el cambio climático (It’s not too late: keys to understanding and stopping climate change) and Y ahora yo qué hago: Cómo evitar la culpa climática y pasar a la acción (Now what do I do? How to overcome climate guilt and move towards action).
Olga Subirós, architect and curator of projects on 21st century culture and transformations in the digital era.
David Lois, professor on social psychology and expert on urban mobility.
Cities account for half of the planet’s population but they produce nothing of what they eat. In the midst of a climate emergency and in a globalised world, the challenge is being able to build local, ecological, healthy and accessible food systems while eradicating food waste.
Moderator: Ana Moragues Faus, senior Research Fellow (Ramón y Cajal) at the University of Barcelona and visiting fellow at the Sustainable Places Institute at Cardiff University.
Carolyn Steel, architect and author of Hungry Cities.
Andrea Magarini, coordinator of Food Policy in Milan. Chair Eurocities Working Group Food.
Redefining our economic model is one of the big challenges now facing us: a new economic model that will work in the 21st century and allow us to leave behind an old model which creates inequalities and harms the environment.
Moderator: Iván Gutiérrez, economics journalist at TV3.
Maravillas Rojo, president, Abacus Cooperativa.
Ricard Jornet, president, Som Mobilitat.
Lali Daví, Coordinator, La Dinamo.
17:00 – 18:00 h
Moderator: Moderator: Xavier Vidal-Folch, journalist.
Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics and professor at Oxford and Cambridge University.
Edward Glaeser, author of The Triumph of the City and a professor at Harvard.
Tamara Streefland, Lead Urban Systems, Metabolic.
A new kind of urban planning is coming to the fore in the main cities of the world: urban planning understood as a first step towards building social rights. Urban planning that abandons the old idea of focusing on the mobility of private vehicles, something which has left us with public spaces mostly serving vehicles, spaces which create pollution but are not designed for living or spending time in.
The new urban planning we are putting into practice aims to adapt cities to the new climate context: less polluting, more self-sufficient, more people-friendly and more equitable.
Moderator: Josep Bohigas, director, Barcelona Regional strategic planning agency.
Janet Sanz, Deputy Mayor for Urbanism in Barcelona.
David Belliard, Deputy mayor of Paris on Public Space, Transport and Mobility.
Francesca Bria, Innovation economist and digital policy expert. President of the Italian national innovation Fund. Former Chief Technology Officer of the City of Barcelona.
Brent Toderian, president of TODERIAN UrbanWORKS. Specialist in advanced and innovative urbanism, city-planning and urban design.
Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy of London.
We realise the inherent link between our physical health, mental health, public health and the environment we are surrounded by – such as nature, sound, air quality, walkable infrastructure, and safety characteristics. We will hear from experts about physical activity as both a method and an outcome in forming a community around a place, public health professionals on the recommended procedures and science behind practical implementations, and from tactical city servants implementing democratic methods to get users out into the public space.
Moderator:Guille López, spokesperson, Eixample Respira.
Carolyn Daher, researcher, Institute of Global Health, Barcelona.
Carme Borrell, Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona.
Roser Maneja, deputy Director of Research at CTFC, Centre de Ciència i Tecnologia Forestal de Catalunya. Professor and expert in Environmental Sustainability, UAB.
This session focuses on mobility and accessibility in Catalonia and how we can move around our cities in a sustainable way – cycling, walking, and public transport. The availability and inclusivity of different modes of transport has definitely been challenged during the pandemic and has left a space for improvement in terms of sustainability, connectivity and equality.
Introduction video by Philipp Rode, CEO of London School of Economic (LSE) Cities, UK.
Moderator: Eva Arderius, news director, Betevé.
Mireia Mollà, Valencian Regional Minister of Agriculture, Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition.
Jaume Osete, Zeroport activist.
Joan Herrera, Director of Environmental Action and Energy in El Prat de Llobregat.
Fredrik Lindstål, Stockholm-based Entrepreneur, politician and placemaker with focus on city planning, culture and social innovation.
Moderator: Nel·la Saborit, civil engineer and member of the technical office of the Barcelona Metropolitan Strategic Plan.
Bárbara Calixto, Chief Marketing Officer, Wallbox.
Antonio Muniente, Communications & PR Manager, Silence.
Pere Macias, Project Coordinator, Renfe Rodalies.
Sara Ortiz Escalante, sociologist and urban planner, member of Col·lectiu Punt 6, expert in mobility and urban safety.
Regarded as one of the hardest-hit sectors since the pandemic outbreak, we will hold a session on cultural experiences in the post-Covid city. This will not only look at how we can promote art, theatre, and gastronomy from a local perspective, but also global considerations (with the ability to move between regions and borders) for migration, diversity, inclusion and tourism.
Moderator: Tere Badia, secretary general, Culture Action Europe.
Mirik Milan, nightlife consultant and former Amsterdam Night Mayor.
Amara Enyia, strategist, social innovation and social impact professional. Public policy expert. Policy and Research Coordinator for the Movement for Black Lives.
Diego Peris, architect and member of the Todo por la Praxis collective.
Mark Davyd, activist at Agents For Change.
Cities and nature were seen as opposing concepts during the 20th century. The paradigm has changed and cities can no longer be considered without taking nature into account. That compels us to rethink cities so we can rise to the challenges of the 21st century.
Janet Sanz, Deputy Mayor for Urbanism in Barcelona.
Maria Arnal, Singer.
María Sánchez, artist and poet.