Urbanscapes Expert Talk Series hosts prominent names from different backgrounds and from all around the world. Here you could access a short bio of the speakers who already contributed to the series. If you want to get in touch with them, please reach out to us.




    Placemaking Approaches in Transforming Public Spaces into Vital Places

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    Fred Kent

    Founder and President

    Project for Public Spaces (PPS)


    Putting People First for Livable Cities

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    Jeff Risom

    Managing Director

    Gehl Architects


    Urbanscapes Symposium: Public Spaces for City Transformation

    Two-day Urbanscapes Symposium saw eighteen prominent thought leaders and renown practitioners from organizations such as Gehl Studios, Project for Public Spaces, 8 80 Cities, London Olympic Park Legacy Company, San Francisco Planning Department, Institute for Transport Development Policy (ITDP), Brookings, OECD and Georgetown University. For more information click here.


    The Making of a High-Density Livable City: Singapore’s Urban Transformation


    Michael Koh


    Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) Singapore


    How Policy Impacts Our Cities? How Cities Impact Our Health?


    Apoorva Shenvi

    Helms Fellow

    WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities




    Joseph Ross

    Development Practitioner

    Columbia University



    SUPERBLOCKS:Barcelona's Plan to Give Streets Back to Residents


    Salvador Rueda

    Founder Director

    Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona


    How Creative Community Spaces Transforming Cities into Innovation Hubs

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    Union Kitchen





    Vivian Liao


    Totem Brooklyn





    Manuel Mansylla


    Totem Brooklyn




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    Senior Operations Officer

    The World Bank Group


    Designing Cities for Livability, Sustainability and Health


    James F. Sallis

    Distinguished Professor Emeritus

    University of California, San Diego


    Blueprint for a New Road Order

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    Ex NYC Transportation Commissioner





    Skye Duncan


    Global Designing Cities Initiative

    Enriching and Rejuvenating City with Public Space

    Half-day workshop featured presentations from the Korean Research Institute for Human Settlement and the World Bank as well as a round table discussion to exchange ideas and experience on leveraging public urban spaces for city rejuvenation and liveability. For more information click here. Read the blog piece here.