The Urbanism Hours are virtual lunch time events that explore a given theme within the built environment, with two speakers and a Q&A discussion.
For March's Urbanism Hour, Martina Juvara and Steve Scott will join us to reflect on some lessons from COP28 and their practicalities, and look ahead to COP29 which will take place in November 2024.
Martina is the director of urban strategy company URBAN Silence. Her work is centred where there is large scale change and need for fresh design thinking at the crossroads of investment, infrastructure planning and social well-being. She is also a long-standing active member of ISOCARP, the International Society of City and Regional Planners, and their Head of Delegation at COP26 and COP28. She has been pushing for a more ambitious engagement of the planning professions in Climate Action, advocating systemic change to prepare cities to future challenges either through professional work, the activities and outreach of the society and through media channels in the UK.
In her professional practice, she works for international agencies, governments and cities in the UK, South Mediterranean and Arabic region, preparing programmes of change involving strategic spatial planning, improved governance and identification of key interventions that can have transformational impact.
Steve is co-founder of GHD Advisory (EMEA) and the EMEA Future Communities lead. An urban economist with over 30 years’ international experience, he specialises in developing built environment solutions to create places where communities are connected, resilient, productive and inspired. His ethos is to underpin innovation with data and to take a place-based approach to better understand community needs and how this impacts the transformation of urban areas. With communities globally being impacted by disruption, change and transition Steve believes we are at the nexus of new futures that will shape society for generations to come. Challenges of just transition, social equity and systems thinking will be key to generating sustainable futures.
This Urbanism Hour will be chaired by Harry Knibb, AoU Board Director and Director at Oxford Properties.
This event is virtual and will take place via Zoom. The link will be sent to ticket holders in advance of the event.
Thumbnail photo: Baku, Azerbaijan (COP29 host city) by Lloyd Alozie