Urban Land Institute/Citistates Bellagio Summit 2012

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July 30, 2012
August 2, 2012
Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center
Bellagio, Italy
Gayle Berens

Watch this space for additional material related to the Bellagio Summit.

Citistates column on Summit – “A Freeway-Free Future for World Cities?”

Mahim Maher column on Summit – “Planned Urbanisation: Can Rowdy Cities Like Karachi Be Tamed?”

Presentations and Reports:

Summit Program (PDF file)

Rapid urbanization and population growth is occurring not just in the world’s megacities, but in metropolitan areas of all sizes, and in particular in the Global South. All of these cities will need inventive and resourceful ways to prepare and counter the potential strain on infrastructure and resources. We meet at Bellagio to address these challenges and define strategies for solutions.

At the Bellagio Summit, participants considered the challenges to creating prosperous, opportunity-rich, sustainable cities through the lens of four critical building blocks for competitive cities: transportation, water, energy, and public space. These topics were  the initial focus of our discussions, but they were considered against the following powerful trends:

  • Demographics reign: the total population of the world’s cities is projected to expand from today’s 3.6 billion to 6.3 billion, two-thirds of the globe’s people in 2050, in spurts across the world but most rapidly in Southeast Asia, Africa, India and China.  And virtually everywhere it’s occurring, the rapid urbanization isn’t just found in so-called “megacities” but cities and metro areas of all sizes.
  • Metropolitan regions have become the world’s most important economic unit
  • Green is good — sustainability agendas are critical for the century.
  • The disparity between haves and have-nots is increasing in cities across the world.
  • Transparency and tolerance attract capital.
  • Technology, expanding at phenomenal speed, will continue to drive change.
  • New leadership on urban research and policies will come from the Global South.
  • The knowledge sector will grow constantly in importance.
  • Effective governance and partnerships will be the keys to success.


Joseph Azrack
Managing Partner for Real Estate
Apollo Global Management
New York City, USA

Richard Baron
Chairman and CEO
McCormack Baron Salazar
St. Louis, MO USA

Mathewos Beleke
General Manager
City Planning Project Office
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Gayle Berens
Senior Vice President
Education & Advisory Group
Urban Land Institute
Washington, DC USA

Eugénie Birch
Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research
University of Pennsylvania
New York City, USA

Peter Calthorpe
Calthorpe Associates
Oakland, CA USA

Adele Chatfield-Taylor
American Academy in Rome
New York City, USA

Dr. Koon Hean Cheong
Chief Executive Officer
Housing and Development Board

Sean Chiao
Executive Vice-President, China
Hong Kong

Gordon Feller
Director, Urban Innovations
Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco
San Francisco, CA USA

Annie Finkenbinder-Best
Director, Education and Advisory Group
Urban Land Institute
Washington, DC USA

Ellen Hamilton
Lead Land and Housing Specialist
Finance, Economic, and Urban Department
World Bank
Washington, DC USA

F. Barton Harvey III
Former Chairman
Enterprise Community Partners
Baltimore, MD USA

Senator Syed Mustafa Kamal
Senator and Former Mayor
Karachi, Pakistan

William Kistler
Managing Partner
Kistler and Company
London, UK

Mahim Maher
City Editor
Express Tribune
Karachi, Pakistan

Arthur Margon
Rosen Consulting Group
New York City, USA

Gerry Mooney
Vice President
Global Smart Cities, IBM
New York City, USA

Enrique Peñalosa
President of the Board Institute for Transportation and Development Policy Bogotá, Colombia

Neal Peirce
The Citistates Group
Washington, DC

Farley Peters
Manager and Vice-President
The Citistates Group
Washington, DC

Patrick Phillips
Chief Executive Officer
The Urban Land Institute
Washington, DC

Christine Platt
President and CEO
Commonwealth Association of Planners Durban, South Africa

Richard Rosan
The ULI Foundation
Washington, DC

Sergio Aníbal Martínez Sánchez
Transport and Thoroughfare Secretary
Main Directorate of Planning and Roads Mexico City, Mexico

Byron Stigge
Infrastructure International
New York City, USA

Christophe Tanghe
Brussels, Belgium

Marilyn Taylor
Dean University of Pennsylvania School of Design Philadelphia

Pablo Vaggione
Founder Design Convergence Urbanism
Madrid, Spain

Chetan Vaidya
National Institute of Urban Affairs
New Delhi, India

Ronald Weidner
Founder Greenprint Foundation
San Francisco, CA USA

Nicholas You
Assurance Group World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Nairobi, Kenya