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reSITE 2019: Meet a New Generation of Urban Activists Reshaping Our Cities

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(This fall, I’ll return as guest curator of the annual urbanism conference reSITE. Here’s a sneak peek of what we’re planning.)

In a world where cities are evolving at exponential rates, adaptation is key. Many cities have been stuck in the same decaying cycle leading to their decline, hurting its very own citizens, both young and old alike. Meet a new generation of politicians with urbanist agendas.

When we talk about regenerating cities, the unspoken question is: who are we regenerating them for? Are we taking value from residents and giving it to someone else? Or are we sharing the gains fairly? There’s no such thing as a blank slate. - Greg Lindsay, reSITE’s program curator

“Neglect and dereliction are constant in cities, but I wouldn’t call it natural. They’re the result of conscious choices to disinvest in a certain neighborhood because of who lives there, or because a gainfully-employing industry has been disrupted by new technology. Think of how container ships devastated waterfronts around the world until they were repurposed for leisure” said reSITE’s guest curator, Greg Lindsay.

Every year at reSITE, we bring a portfolio of professionals across different industries together to hold conversations at the intersections of city making, architecture and design, and this year will be no different.

To highlight a few speakers we will see on this year’s 360-degree stage, who are rethinking and remaking the cities at every scale, restoring their respective communities, and seeking ways to rejuvenate the urban environment while reaching for sustainability:

Joining the reSITE 2019 roster is whistle-blowing Jane-Jacobs of the smart city era, Bianca Wylie. The founder of TechReset has been calling out the hidden agenda behind smart city technology companies.

“The smart city industry is a Trojan horse for technology companies. They come in under the guise of environmentalism and improving the quality of life, but they’re here for money.” - Bianca Wylie

Also joining the REGENERATE line-up is the sitting Mayor for Bratislava, Matúš Vallo, who won his seat through urban activism with his assemblance on Plan Bratislava. The complex manual aimed to improve Slovakia’s capital city, represents a new generation of urbanists. Vallo brought together over 70 experts across the various fields of city making for the publication, creating a new vision for thier city through transparency, collectivity and regeneration.

We’ve all had a good laugh trolling the heinous “luxury home” trend that have spread like wildfire throughout American suburbs on urban activist, Kate Wagner’s blog. McMansion Hell is the protagonist shining a bright light on how these massive dwellings are more than just ugly - but energy-sucking enemies to sustainability while making architecture criticism accessible to the masses.

Don’t miss Emmanual Pratt, the director of the Sweetwater Foundation. His regenerative placemaking approach uses art, architecture, community and economic development with communities on the South Side of Chicago. He combined these interdisciplinary focuses turn an abandoned shoe factory into an urban farm.

REGENERATE will bring together this new generation or urban activists and more. From leaders on climate and energy, architecture and design, city planning, and public policy, and all of their intersections, in search of solutions for reinventing the city to adapt for generations to come. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event happening this September in Prague.

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Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is the director of applied research at NewCities and director of strategy at its mobility offshoot CoMotion.  He is also a partner at FutureMap, a geo-strategic advisory firm based in Singapore, a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.

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