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In a time of global flux, urbanism’s strength is in taking a long view. What urbanists do today will impact people and places for centuries. Designing for the Future is at the heart of our potential to shape places that meet people’s needs. When 75% of the world’s population will live in urban areas in 2050, urbanism’s offer to our planet’s future is to design well for it. 

Cambridge is a world leader in Designing for the Future. Its heritage as a university city powers its growth today as one of the fastest-growing cities in the UK. Its recent placemaking story offers solutions to global challenges. The city is proud of its recent investment in quality urban design and its emerging, shared civic vision for sustainable and inclusive growth. 

Rapid growth impacts how cities deliver improvements to people’s quality of life. It raises big questions about housing types, income inequality, physical and digital connectivity, resource management, and adapting historic buildings to meet climate change targets. Crucially, cities must explore how to involve people of all ages and backgrounds.

Congress in Cambridge is an opportunity for the city to share how it is Designing for the Future and for broader international perspectives on what Designing for the Future means and looks like elsewhere. 

  • How do cities address people’s social needs, shape their physical environment, and manage their growth pressures, to create communities where people thrive? 
  • How can partnership approaches build social and human capital? Is systems thinking the answer? 
  • How can innovation and specialist cluster quarters be integrated into city life and increase social mobility? 
  • How do cities use the momentum of positive infrastructure changes to ensure better life outcomes across city neighbourhoods? 
  • How do cities manage scarce resources and adapt existing buildings while working towards net zero targets? 

There are a number of reduced rate tickets available for community / charity representatives within the city. To apply for one of these please email [email protected] quoting the organisation you represent.

Certificates of attendance are available upon request.

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The Academy of Urbanism (Number 2) Limited is a not-for-profit organisation limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales 0595604, 11c Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 IXE, United Kingdom.
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