Big Thing Happening Here

Dallas gears up for international New Cities Summit on urbanization

Dallas gears up for international New Cities Summit on urbanization

Bank of America Plaza in Downtown Dallas
 Dallas is the first U.S. city to host the New Cities Summit. Photo courtesy of Bank of America Plaza

Dallas is working hard to make good on its ambitious motto, and this week there will indeed be a Big Thing Happening Here. Dallas is the first U.S. city to host the New Cities Summit, a prestigious international conference on urbanization. The program kicks off June 17 at Winspear Opera House.

The New Cities Summit is organized by the New Cities Foundation, a group that aims to find solutions to the challenges that will come with massive urbanization in the 21st century. The organization cites studies that show cities will be home to 70 percent of the world's population by 2050.

The summits, which were previously held in Paris in 2012 and São Paulo in 2013, have brought together government officials, businesses, academic institutions and other individuals to discuss potential problems and come up with proactive programs to deal with issues like sustainability, poverty and social tolerance.

The theme for Dallas' summit is "re-imagining cities" and will include input from local leaders like Mayor Mike Rawlings and Chief of Police David Brown as well as dignitaries from around the globe. 

After Rawlings' keynote address on Tuesday morning, Parag Khanna will get the conference rolling with a 9:25 session on "Future trends in the century of cities." Khanna, a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation, is sure to have interesting insight into what Dallas and other big cities across the globe could look like in the coming decades. His speech will set the table for the conference's opening panel, Re-imagining Cities: Transforming the 21st Century Metropolis. 

The conference takes place June 17 through 19 and offers more than two dozen sessions spanning the arts, transportation, wellness, entrepreneurship and technology.

Don't fret if you can't make it out in person; that's what the live stream is for.