Episode 6: Where next for greater cities - global perspectives

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Episode summary

Greater Cities is a podcast series about the future of cities. Each episode will challenge listeners to look at the big issues facing our cities, with insights from leading thinkers from Australia and around the world.

City regions around the world are thriving through adversity, continuing to draw people to them with their unique combinations of activities and opportunities. What can we learn from their experiences to shape the cities of the future?

This episode focuses on the international experiences of city regions and explores how they are busting myths about cities and offering new opportunities for resilience and prosperity for their communities. 

Episode details

This episode was produced by the Greater Cities Commission, in partnership with The Business of Cities.

Podcast timeline

[00:00] Welcome and introduction.

[01:55] Myths about cities.

[12:43] The new opportunities for cities – networks, transforming economies, placemaking, governance.

[25:02] The renewed resilience of cities.

[38:09] Conclusion. 

Guests in order of appearance
  • Carolyn Grossman Meagher, Director of Economic Development and Regional Planning at the New York City Department of City Planning (USA)
  • Greg Clark, Chair of Connected Places Catapult (United Kingdom)
  • Céline Gipoulon, Director of Strategy at Métropole du Grand Paris (France)
  • Ricardo Valente, Head of Economic Development at the City of Porto (Portugal)
  • Tom Wright, CEO of the New York Regional Plan Association (USA)
  • Eugen Antalovsky, former CEO of the Urban Innovation Vienna (Austria)
  • Hiroo Ichikawa, CEO of the Mori Memorial Foundation (Japan)
  • Emma Frost, Director of Innovation, Sustainability & Community at the London Legacy Development Corporation (United Kingdom)  
  • Dr Tim Moonen, Managing Director of The Business of Cities (United Kingdom)  
  • Vincent Gollain, Head of Economy at the Institut de Paris Region (France)
  • Uma Adusumilli, former Chief Planner of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (India)
  • Matt Haggman, Executive Vice President, Opportunity Miami at The Beacon Council (USA)
  • Nikia Clarke, Executive Director, WTC within the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (USA)
  • Mateu Hernández, CEO of Barcelona Global (Spain)
  • Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce (United Kingdom)
  • Emilie De Rosenroll, Head of the South Island Prosperity Partnership (Canada)
  • Lauren Sorkin, Executive Director of the Global Resilient Cities Network (Singapore).  
About the Greater Cities Commission

The Greater Cities Commission is driving Australia’s first global city region – the Six Cities Region in New South Wales.  Our role is to coordinate and align the planning that will shape the future of our region, accelerate the delivery of key innovation districts and lead discussion on major city-shaping issues.

About The Business of Cities

The Business of Cities is an urban intelligence firm that provides insights, strategy and benchmarking to over 100 global cities, companies and institutions, including more than 10 Australian cities and state governments. Over the last 15 years it has partnered and produced collaborative thought leadership on the future of cities and metropolises for organisations including the OECD, UN Habitat, UCLG, JLL, World Bank, ULI and Brookings Institution.

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