Regional Visioning: Transforming City Regions and Public Participation

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By 2050, more than two thirds of the world’s population is expected to live in city regions and contribute to an ever-increasing percentage share of the global GDP. While cities are often associated with higher levels of literacy and education, better access to health care and social services as well as enhanced opportunities for cultural and political participation, growing urban environs pose significant risks to economic, social and environmental sustainability. Likewise, formerly heavily industrialized regions such as the Ruhr area and parts of New Jersey face similar challenges as they stake out a new future for themselves as new technology and research hubs.

Given the growing complexity of urban growth and the transformation of city regions, integrated planning approaches are needed to more equitably and inclusively set policy priorities. The success of sustainable urban development depends to a large extent on the participation of local actors. But how does top-down planning meet bottom-up planning, what forms of public participation in decisionmaking processes seem particularly promising? What works in New Jersey, what works in Dortmund, Germany? Join an international panel of experts and city officials who will discuss the future of sustainable urban development.


Ullrich Sierau
Mayor of the City of Dortmund

Jamie Bemis
Mechanical Engineer and City Planner
Account Manager at Bright Power, Inc.

Wolfram Hoefer
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

moderated by

Bettina Oberhauser
Editor for the European public television channels ARTE and 3sat
Hessischer Rundfunk

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Event Information

April 19, 2018, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

New York, NY
Organizer(s): German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH NY), University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr), American Council on Germany


German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New York

Address: 871 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017, USA
Phone: +1 (212) 339 8680