I am honored to invite you to the Conference Cities 2050, during which we will learn solutions to create cities that are modern and close to citizens, open to their diversity. The future is a challenge as well as a resource that we can use to develop our cities and improve the quality of life of residents.
Let's meet to look at the future of cities, to go beyond several years of plans and talk about developing visions for the next decades. During inspirational presentations and workshops, we will learn about innovative solutions from Poland and Europe that have allowed cities to enter a higher level of sustainable development, becoming an example for others. Participation in the conference is a great opportunity to establish contacts and build relationships with people that share a modern view of the future.
About the conference
Conference Cities 2050 will bring together experts in such areas as foresight for cities, co-production, co-management, technological and social tools, and it is addressed to representatives of Polish cities: civic sector institutions, local administrative institutions, as well as to academic mediums, non-governmental organisations and business owners. The purpose of this event is not to summarize the achievements of Polish cities, but to look ahead in the search for bold solutions that will allow us to build the city of tomorrow by providing the highest quality practical knowledge and examples of solutions that allow building modern and attractive cities regardless of their size. Speakers from Poland and Europe will present solutions that already change the way we think about the city, technologies, its resources and potential. The conference will be a multi-dimensional experience opening the opportunity to learn about technological and social innovations that improve the quality of life of residents and generate savings for local governments and are an inspiration for non-governmental organizations, entrepreneurs and universities ready to co-create their cities.
Mariusz Sagan, PhD
Marcin Gerwin, PHD
How to build the city of tomorrow? – an attempt to find the answer to this question was made by international experts in such areas as foresight for cities, co-production, co-management as well as technological and social tools within the framework of Conference Cities 2050. The event was attended by 250 participants – representatives of local governments, research-focused institutions, local activists, representatives of cultural institutions, residents of Lublin and students of Lublin universities.
It has been a year since in March 2017 the project Foresight Lublin 2050 was launched. Foresight is the system of forecasting, looking ahead into the future. However, it is not designed to foresee the future. Its task is to create foresight scenarios of experiences/developments. The test method on the future worked out in the military and developed by the private sector is increasingly being used in the public administration all over the world. It aims, in the long-term, at preparing the city and its residents for the upcoming changes. It is being done by working out foresight scenarios of the city development along with the city residents. An additional aim is to strengthen the relations and cross-sectoral cooperation which constitutes a crucial element of bold and sustainable city development.
Urban foresights are characterised by a high-level socialisation of the process. Therefore, it was essential to engage inhabitants and consider their votes at every stage of the project implementation. The city functions thanks to the people living within it, thus it is important to enable its stakeholders to look at it from their own perspective. The project is designed particularly for them, therefore we wish that they feel co-authors of solutions and ideas produced.
The result of research conducted in the city is Report Foresight Lublin 2050. This publication is a summary of eleven months of work focused on the acquaintance with Lublin – its citizens and stakeholders. It is a set of information about trends which can influence – both directly and indirectly – the way our city will be structured in 2050. It contains also the results of social research conducted in the city that could provide a glimpse into the moods, hopes and fears of the citizens and other activists in Lublin. On the basis of information gathered, four scenarios of the city development to 2050 were presented – Open Mind, Digital Seniors, Analogue Diversity, Door Closed. Moreover, it includes three narrations written by adolescents. Scenarios will become, among others, a basis for developing recommendations for the city in terms of spatial and socio-economic development for the upcoming years.
Conference Cities 2050 consisted of three panels, each of which touched upon the subject matter regarding innovative mindset about the city development planning and changes in its management. Panellists included practitioners from Poland and abroad who specialise in the field of urban innovation, creation of innovative city networks, new methods of city management and techniques which can improve the quality of this process. There was also a discussion about experiences of other cities in terms of urban foresight. Conference Cities 2050 summarised the project Foresight Lublin 2050. Notwithstanding, it might be considered as an initiative opening up a new stage in the development of Lublin. Implemented project and its effects will make a vital contribution to the Strategy for Lublin 2030, on which works will be started soon.
The organiser of the conference was the City of Lublin. The event took place on the 20th March 2018 in the Lublin Conference Centre.