Tuesday 05

Tuesday 05.10.2021
Central European Summer Time [CEST]
  • 18:00 - 19:00 h

    Session 1. A city for those who live in it: building the right to the city.

    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.

    • • How do we achieve a liveable city, inside and outside private space?
    • • How do we create liveable and accessible neighbourhoods?


    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.

Wednesday 06

Wednesday 06.10.2021
Central European Summer Time [CEST]
  • 11:15 - 12:30 h

    Session 2. Cities fighting climate emergencies: leadership and challenges.

    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.

    • • What are the most important measures that cities can take to mitigate the effects of the climate emergency?
    • • How can cities take the lead in the fight against the climate emergency?


    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.

  • 13:00 - 14:30 h

    Session 3. How do we feed cities? Production, consumption and transformation of the food system.

    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.

    • • How can we foster sustainable agri-food systems from within our cities?


    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.

  • 16:00 - 18:00 h

    Session 4. An economy at the service of the city and the planet.

    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.

    • • What kind of transformation do our economic structures need to adapt them to the 21st century?
    • • What will the economy of the future be like?
    • • What are the main challenges involved in constructing a productive, green and circular economy?

    Debate on new economic structures in Barcelona and Spain

    16:00-17:00 h

    Moderator: Iván Gutiérrez, economics journalist at TV3.

    Maravillas Rojo, president, Abacus Cooperativa.

    Ricard Jornet, president, Som Mobilitat.

    Lali Daví, Coordinator, La Dinamo.

    Debate on the habitability, economic model and structure of the cities of the future

    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.

  • 18:30 - 20:00 h

    Session 5. Urban planning at the service of life. Building a city of the future.

    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.

    • • What are the main lessons learnt during the pandemic?
    • • What are the new urban models we need to follow?
    • • What strategies should we follow to implement a new urban model with the changes we need?


    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.

Thursday 07

Thursday 07.10.2021
Central European Summer Time [CEST]
  • 10:00 - 11:15 h

    Session 6. Breathable Streets: Towards an emission-free city.

    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.

    • • How in the post-Covid city will we welcome users out to play, move, and enjoy public space for overall well-being?
    • • How can we make public space & social infrastructure restorative and inclusive?


    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.

  • 11:30 - 14:00 h

    Session 7. Mobility and climate emergency: rethinking the way we move around.

    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.

    • • What have we learned from the pandemic about the changing modes of transport in cities?
    • • How can we take advantage of changes in people’s habits and thus lead to long-term changes?
    • • How do we create an inclusive transportation system that complies with the premises of sustainable development?

    Debate on the future of large infrastructures in a context of climate emergency

    11:30-12:30 h

    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.

    Debate on the future of sustainable mobility in Catalonia

    12:45-14:00 h

    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.

  • 16:00 - 17:30 h

    Session 8. A city that guarantees cultural rights.

    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.

    • • What is the link between culture and inclusion? Is anyone missing in the discussion?
    • • How are culture and cultural policy related to minority rights?
    • • How do we guarantee cultural rights in the city?
    • • How do culture, public space and urban planning interrelate?


    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.

  • 18:30 - 19:30 h

    Concluding eco-feminist dialogue: for a revival of the Cerdà Plan

    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.

    • • How do we build a city that is sustainably linked to its area and which does not plunder its own resources?
    • • How can nature play a leading role in urban planning?


    Janet Sanz, Deputy Mayor for Urbanism in Barcelona.

    Maria Arnal, Singer.

    María Sánchez​​, artist and poet.

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