The Urban Age Programme, jointly organised with Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, is an international investigation of the spatial and social dynamics of cities centred on an annual conference, research initiative and publication. Since 2005, over ten conferences have been held in rapidly urbanising regions in Africa and Asia, as well as in mature urban regions in the Americas and Europe … (about 1/2).
About 2/2: … As an event, the Urban Age catalyses the exchange of information, experiences and data across a global network of cities.
The conferences operate as mobile laboratories, testing and sampling the social and physical characteristics of global cities through expert presentations and testimonials, research, site visits, mapping and informal information exchange.
Each conference is attended by 300-400 invited urban specialists, policymakers, scholars, designers, practitioners and politicians who present new ideas and developments on environmental equity, social inclusion, the problems of housing and migration, the global economy and the informal sector, as well as public transport, public space and social capital. At recent conferences, national leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of Mexico Vicente Fox have joined the mayors of Berlin, Mexico City, New Delhi, Chicago, Washington DC, Bogotá and São Paulo, and internationally renowned academics, architects and activists, to debate a wide range of interdisciplinary issues. Special conference newspapers with critical essays by local experts and international commentators, as well as comparative research on individual cities’ vital statistics, have been regularly published to coincide with each conference.