UNESCO City of Design Annual Conference 2020

(c) Anna Abbasi

05.10. – 07.10.2020. Paneldiscussions on the social, smart and sustainable design of future cities.

The rapid growth of cities has confronted them with similar challenges worldwide. They should be social, sustainable and “smart”. These three topics were the focus of the UNESCO City of Design Conference 2020, which has been hosted by Graz in cooperation with St. Etienne. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, this year’s subnetwork meeting has been held online from October 5th to 7th 2020.

In three short films, keynote speeches and panel discussions with international experts, urban planners and designers the development and design of future cities has been discussed: The architect and urban designer Andrea Paoletti, the publicist and pioneer in urban development Charles Landry as well as the architect and professor for urbanism Aglaée Degros will give short lectures on the three topics of Social Design, Smart Cities and Sustainable Cities. The panel discussions took place in a hybrid form: Partly in a studio in the city of Graz and partly online via Zoom and Skype. In this framework, panellists in Graz discussed with virtual guests all over the world. Moderator Hansjürgen Schmölzer guided through the programme. As an open to public format, the discussions were streamed live on YouTube on the account “UNESCO City of Design Meeting 2020”. All panel discussions can be re-watched there.

UNESCO City of Design Annual Conference 2020
All discussions and short films can be re-watched on the
YouTube Channel UNESCO City of Desing Meeting 2020