Responsive Cities: Adapting Under Pressure

The Academy of Urbanism

16.06.2021 - 18.06.2021

About the Event

Cities all around the world are under pressure to deliver a positive place to live, to work and to play, providing venues and services for their citizens and visitors. Those with a strong and distinctive historic legacy often have considerable additional pressures on their fabric, previously from national and international tourism activity and now in the context of the pandemic and climate emergency, more about public health, economic and social issues, and sustainable recovery. But cities under such pressure are fighting back. From Venice, Lisbon and Barcelona, to Paris, Amsterdam and Oslo, they are looking to re-balance their cities, with approaches to housing and homelessness, transport and streets, placemaking and events, to make them work better for all, and become healthier, more convivial places. Innovation includes new policies on transit expansion, on new public spaces, on cycling infrastructure, and on diversifying use and activity of the historic fabric. Leading cities under pressure are completely re-programming their cities, including their centres and neighbourhoods. This year’s Congress will provide an opportunity to explore and interrogate these issues, with particular reference to Edinburgh, together with representatives from cities around the world who have encountered and tackled these issues. Congress news and programme details:

About Us

The Academy of Urbanism is a politically independent, not-for-profit organisation that brings together both the current and next generation of urban leaders, thinkers and practitioners. We embrace city management and policy making, academic research and teaching, development planning and design, community leadership and urban change-making, arts and cultural development, infrastructure and engineering, property law and management, politics and media. We work with places to identify and reinforce their strengths, and help them recognise and overcome obstacles to greater success. Through our events, activities and programmes we draw out and disseminate examples and lessons of good urbanism. We use the evidence we gather to promote better understanding of how the development and management of the urban realm can provide a better quality of living for all.