Co-organised with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
For the first time, the World Cities Summit (WCS) 2016 offers delegates the opportunity to discuss the integration of the arts and culture in urban planning and the design of cities. Beyond the traditional comforts of housing, sanitation, infrastructure and transport, what gives cities their soul – a sense of vibrancy and historic connection to the past? Against the backdrop of rapid technological advancements, accelerating urbanisation and growing diversity in world cities, the liveability and sustainability of cities is no longer just contingent on the satiation of material needs. Quality of life is also very much dependent on the softer aspects of what defines a city.
Recognising that a city’s artistic, cultural and creative offerings as well as both built and intangible heritage contribute to place-making, the sessions will focus on the viability of integrating heritage and culture in the planning and design of cities and how governments, business, not-for-profit organisations and community groups can work together to move culture up the urban planning agenda.