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European Sustainable Development Week 2020: On green spaces we all are equal - versatile spaces for the city of the future
What makes life in our cities so special is the variety of life scripts that can be developed, which is both a challenge and a freedom at the same time. The current pandemic has shown how fast advantages can turn into disadvantages, because cities are particularly exposed to the dictates of a viral outbreak due to their density and also their reliance on uninterrupted supply chains. Nonetheless, urban areas hold a great creative potential.

Today, open and green spaces are a fundamental part of cities, because in these places we can experience and foster diversity. Green and open spaces therefore require special attention from planning disciplines and from urban development institutions. Open spaces must be thought of as versatile spaces: Rainwater reservoirs, ventilation guarantors, fine-dust binders are of utmost importance for the urban climate. These 'free' (green) spaces can reduce inequalities and promote solidarity and cohesion in cities.

This second digital event will discuss the process capability of planning, the new time management of the cities and interdisciplinary solutions, which have to be found together with their users. Different approaches will be discussed across different municipalities and countries.


Stefano Boeri
Full professor, architect and urban planner, president of Fondazione La Triennale di Milano. His studio, Stefano Boeri Architetti, is based in Milan and Shanghai.

Judy Ling Wong
Painter, poet and environmentalist. Honorary President of Black Environment Network (BEN).

Gillian Dick
Spatial Planning Manager at Glasgow City Council. Team member of the Horizon 2020 European project "Connecting Nature".

Hanno Rauterberg
Author and Deputy Head of Die Zeit's Feuilleton. Writes primarily about art, architecture and urban development.

Talk moderated by Herbert Dreiseitl
Artist, Landscape Architect, Urban Designer for Regenerative Water Sensitive Cities, Founder of Atelier Dreiseitl & Ramboll's Liveable Cities Lab.
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