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Thematic Drivers

The summit will have five integrated thematic pillars, reflecting the cities we need: justice, livability, health, resilience, and sustainability. Sessions will be organized around these five urban goals, focused on specific local challenges, but always mixing disciplines, points of view, ways of knowing, and modes of action. The key overarching challenge for every session is: How can collaboration inform dialogue and propel better cities?

Meeting Activities

Meetings of disciplinary groups have formats that are familiar and comfortable to those within the discipline. But the intentionally diverse summit we imagine begs a question: What will such a diverse gathering do together outside of the familiar formats of disciplines?

The program details are in development, but we will convene around key urban challenges, projects, or questions, or “seeds” to be explored collaboratively. The Summit will emphasize curated encounters among attendees, in workshop settings, problem-solving sessions, roundtable discussions, and interdisciplinary networking cafés.

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Daily Program

The program details are still in development, but the flow goes something like this:

Day One, 4 June 2019
Welcome by Pénélope Komitès (Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of Green Spaces, Nature in the City, Biodiversity, Urban Agriculture and Funeral Business)
Morning: Plenary Dialogues
Afternoon: Seed Sessions
Networking cafes

Day Two, 5 June
All day: various partner-led session, both on site and off site.
Networking cafes
Gala / Party

Day Three, 6 June
Morning: Plenary Dialogues
Afternoon: Seed Sessions
Networking cafes
Closing Plenary

Day Four, 7 June
Field trips around Paris, organized by ARB idF, and a public event.

Block schedule (draft, subject to change)


Seed sessions

Synthetic ideas that find expression in exemplary projects will be the focus of interactive workshops. These will be the “Seeds” around which small mixed-discipline groups will gather to talk about how different they can contribute and different parts of the world can benefit. They will start will short scene-setting talks, followed by facilitated discussion. Note takers will capture the ideas. Examples of Seed sessions include “Towards Swimmable Urban Rivers”, “Re-wilding Cities as Both Conceptual Goal and Actionable Method”, “Applying Core Concepts of Justice to Greening and Urban Ecology”, and “Biophilia as a Design Concept”.

Anyone can propose a Seed session. Check back here 1 January when session proposals open.

Examples of planned Seed Session include:

  • An Inclusive Vision of Biophilic Cities
  • Imagining Radical Futures
  • Bringing Fringes Together
  • Towards Swimmable Urban Rivers
  • Designing Cities in which both People and Nature Thrive
  • Science Action: What Kinds of Science Needs to be Done? Should be Done?
  • Building a Framework for Integrating Ecology into Planning
  • Conserving Open Space in Urbanizing Peri-Urban Areas
  • Access to Green Space as an Issue of Justice
  • Environmental Cultures in Cities
  • Biodiverse Schoolyards
  • Building Green Corridors
  • Landscape Initiatives


Dialogues (not really a traditional keynote) will model a conversational spirit. They will focus on pairs of short talks from different disciplines, followed by the two interviewing each other onstage.

Networking Cafés

There will be “cafés” dedicated to gathering in casual groups around themes of the Summit. These 90-minute cafés will include light programing (posters and informal presentations), but will principally be devoted to networking among people interested in similar issues (e.g. livability, resilience, sustainability, justice, etc).

Skills workshops

There will be skills-based workshops (e.g., methods of collaboration and participation, writing for diverse audiences, leadership, and so on).

Examples of planned skills sessions include:

  • Writing for audiences other than your own
  • Storytelling techniques: telling better stories
  • Stewardship mapping
  • Minecraft for community design of public spaces
  • Citizen science platforms
  • How to grow and urban forest

Day Two

A series of Day Two events, planned by partner groups, will be opportunities for engagement around thematic, disciplinary, or geographically relevant topics.

Getting Involved

Various partners will organize day-long events on Day Two (5 June 2019). Are you interested in organizing one? Contact us at

Can I propose a session?

Yes. Proposals will open in November. Check back here then.

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Detailed Schedule

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