Urban Infrastructure/ Transit Oriented Development Forum
February 04, 2021
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (GMT+01:00) Central European Time
Urban infrastructures are vital elements of every city. Cities cannot thrive without proper accessibility, dependable energy and water supplies, safe bridges and tunnels, vibrant public amenities and resilient social structures. However, in many cities across the globe, developing and maintaining such infrastructures has become increasingly difficult. In Europe, urban austerity and the shift towards the more complex redevelopment of existing urban infrastructures puts the quality and feasibility of projects increasingly under pressure.
The demand for and interest in urban infrastructures is changing. Popular concepts like ‘the 15-minute city’ underline the increased attention for health and well-being among firms, governments, and citizens alike. Urban investors have accelerated their adoption of ESG guidelines, increased their attention for climate risk and adaptation, and have profound conversations with governments about roles and responsibilities in growing the necessary economic, social and environmental resilience of European cities. Urban infrastructures are a vital part of these conversations.
In a Forum on February 4, invite ULI members to join and enrich the contemporary debate about the future of urban
infrastructures. In this edition, the focus will be on trends and changing demands in urban mobility, and the
(potential) impacts on urban projects and investments. To start the conversation, the city of Vienna will provide us with some inspiration. Maria Vassilakou, independent advisor and former Vice Mayor of the city, will explain how she successfully implemented a transformation agenda focused on sustainable urban development and ‘gentle mobility’. In the second part of the forum, we will discuss what certain trends and demands specifically mean for large infrastructure projects. Marc Lhermitte, Partner at EY, will shed light on innovations in both governance and funding structures behind the billion dollar project Grand Paris Express.
13:00 Introduction and Welcome
Tom Daamen, Associate Professor in Urban Development Management, Delft University of Technology
13:10 Trends and Changing Demands in Cities – Case Study Vienna
Maria Vassilakou MSc, Urban Transformation Consulting – Urban Transitions Management, Vienna Solutions
13:45 Grand Paris : an infrastructure mega-project with an economic and social purpose
Marc Lhermitte, Partner, EY
14:20 Member Discussion