By 2030, around 60% of the world’s population will be living in urban deltas, where 80% of global GDP will be produced. This ever-expanding urbanization needs innovation, creativity and new ways of cooperation in order to provide for good living conditions with minimal impact. Closing the loops of resource flows in urban regions is a key strategy, in which cities hold leadership opportunities to pioneer. We will zoom in on the dynamics within cities and regions to deal with this challenge.

Global Session: Cities and regions as laboratories for circular change

We often imagine urban futures of green and healthy cities in which ecosystems can thrive and waste and pollution are absent. The ‘in-between period’ however is often blurry. We know that change is needed and we know these needed changes will have an impact. Acknowledging this is a first and important step to develop transition strategies that are environmentally sound and socially just.

Prof. Saskia Sassen will introduce her thought-provoking perspectives, followed by a discussion with panelists exploring experiences, dilemmas, and questions such as: ‘Do we really need a multinational to have a cup of coffee in the neighborhood?’ ‘Can local interventions have global impact?’ ‘What are successful strategies for the 21st century urbanization?'


Date and time

Monday 25 February,  13:00 - 14:00


Queen Elisabeth Hall

Hosted by

OVAM and KULeuven Faculty of Architecture and DRIFT