Regional Visioning: Transforming City Regions and Public Participation

4/19/2018, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM | German House New York

Regional Visioning: Transforming City Regions and Public Participation

By 2050, more than two thirds of the world's population is expected to live in city regions and contribute to an ever-increasing percentage share of the global GDP. While cities are often associated with higher levels of literacy and education, better access to health care and social services as well as enhanced opportunities for cultural and political participation, growing urban environs pose significant risks to economic, social and environmental sustainability. Likewise, formerly heavily industrialized regions such as the Ruhr area and parts of New Jersey face similar challenges as they stake out a new future for themselves as new technology and research hubs. Given the growing complexity of urban growth and the transformation of city regions, integrated planning approaches are needed to more equitably and inclusively set policy priorities. The success of sustainable urban development depends to a large extent on the participation of local actors. But how does top-down planning meet bottom-up planning, what forms of public participation in decision-making processes seem particularly promising? What works in New Jersey, what works in Dortmund, Germany? Join an international panel of experts and city officials who will discuss the future of sustainable urban development.

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  • Featured Speakers

    • Ullrich Sierau

      Mayor of the City of Dortmund

    • Jamie Bemis

      Mechanical Engineer and City Planner, Account Manager, Bright Power, Inc.

    • Wolfram Hoefer

      Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

    • Bettina Oberhauser (Moderator)

      Editor for the European public television channels ARTE and 3sat, Hessischer Rundfunk