Tomorrow's Cities: Sustainable Mobility, Compact Districts, Green Space
By nature, cities are exciting, diverse, vibrant places. At the same time, they can be loud, polluting and exhausting. How can we reimagine our cities for the future? How can we create urban environments with environmentally friendly transport, less noise, accessible green spaces and compact, mixed-use development?
In this webinar, German Environment Agency President Dirk Messner and WRI Ross Center Global Director Ani Dasgupta held a conversation on Germany’s vision for a sustainable, accessible, green city of the future. This vision includes 10 wide-ranging measures to achieve a city of the future – one of less traffic, fewer cars, and fewer health and climate hazards. In this future city, space is more effectively and economically utilized for sustainable mobility, recreation and living overall.
Messner and Dasgupta both reflected on the inherent connections between economic growth and sustainable, livable urban environments. They emphasized the need for global COVID-19 recovery efforts to be green and simultaneously tackle climate change. Their conversation was followed by a panel discussion with city officials and leading thinkers from cities around the world, who agreed that pandemic recovery is a crucial opportunity for cities and countries to prioritize public and active transportation and rethink public space to work better for people.