The success of our cities has become central to national economies and culture. They are drivers of investment, tourism and migration – the young, the educated, the creative and the rich are being drawn to live and work in urban areas once again.

As we have seen with Aarhus, Marseille and Rotterdam, the transformation of mid level non-capitals is providing space for new ideas, enterprise, investment and even building types. But how can growth and expansion provide an economy and wellbeing whilst also retaining a distinctive identity?

Where better to explore this than in Cork, Ireland’s great maritime city on the Atlantic rim of Europe. Once the staging post for European emigration to the US, it now sees people and investment flow in the other direction.

Richard Florida, Author, The New Urban Crisis, University of Toronto, to deliver keynote address

Dr. Richard Florida © Roshan Nebhrajani

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Day 1

Wednesday 27 June

Welcome to Cork
Registration and welcome reception

Day 2

Thursday 28 June

Introduction to Cork including presentations, guided city centre walkabouts and visits to outlying neighbourhoods, to set the context.

Day 3

Friday 29 June

Cities on the Rise
International Congress including presentations, workshops and our keynote address

Friday 29 June

The Congress Dinner
A chance to continue the conversations with old and new friends

Day 4

Saturday 30 June

Exchanging Learning


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