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Cornellà – Metropolis Barcelona | October 17-18 2022

MetroSolutions

Looking at innovation for the metropolises of tomorrow

Presentation

Metropolitan solutions

International experts have gathered on the MetroSolutions international congress (2022) to present and discuss on possible innovative solutions that several metropolises and cities around the world are giving to the challenges they face and that are defined in the global agendas agreed by the United Nations. 

 

The world is being urbanised. Urbanisation is closely linked to metropolitanisation,  which entails several challenges. In this context, metropolitan solutions are deemed, on the one hand, as innovative responses to metropolitan challenges and citizen needs. On the other hand, they are configured as joint strategies and metropolitan policies that help metropolises to move towards the goals of global development agendas.

The congress addressed metropolitan challenges and solutions related to governance and democratic legitimacy; efficient management and good governance; technological solutions; green and blue solutions; social, gender and diversity inclusion; informality; city planning; urban planning, resilience and innovation; data and indicators; communication; the future of metropolises, or the transfer of knowledge and good practices between metropolises.

Beyond the specific cases presented, the congress has allowed us to reflect on the very concept of “metropolitan solutions”, and their characteristics, dimensions, typologies or instruments to implement them. Metropolitan solutions are effective responses to metropolitan challenges, issues, needs or demands. They are inspired by or respond to the challenges of global development agendas. They contribute to urban construction. They are metropolitan transformation projects with a multidimensional perspective and are legally bonded or normatively linked to the public Administration.

The congress has highlighted the importance of metropolitan solutions and that metropolises play a wider role in global politics, in order to be able to face global development challenges, respond to the needs of citizens and move towards achieving more democratic, legitimate, well-governed, inclusive, equitable, innovative and resilient metropolises.

Contents

Anatomy of metropolises: definition, scope, governance and association, services provision, relationship with other levels of government and relationship with the rural environment.

Implementation of metropolitan policies for economic, social and territorial inclusion and cohesion; strategies and actions to take into consideration citizens’ interests and needs (diversity, gender…) within metropolitan policies and services; and equality of citizens’ rights and obligations. 

Public administration modernisation in relation to the digital and ecological transition; implementation and design of metropolitan strategic infrastructures; innovation to address the post-covid era; strategies to transform fast-growing metropolises within impoverished territories with scarce resources; and consolidating cities in territories in conflict situations. 

FAQs

A solution is an effective response to a problem, question or issue.

To a metropolitan need, demand or challenge.

Identify challenge. Then, provide solution.

  • They are connected to metropolitan policy and plans
  • They are multidimensional (social, economic, community dimension…)
  • They are multi-stakeholder (private sector, public sector, non-profit…)
  • They are multilevel (not only at metropolitan level)
  • Innovative in nature
  • Inspired or responding to the Global Development Agendas
  • Contribute to urban construction
  • Combine a typology of actions resulting from the sum of infrastructures and programmes, and are evaluable for the whole population and the whole territory (inclusive: for people and for cities)
  • Ideally built with the participation of citizens and key stakeholders
  • They are scalable to other metropolises and challenges

Program

9.15

Registration

9.45

Opening session

Antonio Balmón, Ernest Maragall, Jordi Martí, Raf Tuts (video message)

Plenary session (auditorium Vicenç Badenes)

10.00

Keynote speech. The metropolis as a territorial solution to the urban challenges on the international agendas

Dennis Coderre, Claudia López, Ernest Maragall

Plenary session (auditorium Vicenç Badenes)

10.30

Coffee break

10.50

Metropolitan governance and legitimacy solutions to decision-making process

David Gómez, Claudia López, Oriol Nel·lo, Mariona Tomàs, Alejandra Trejo, Daniel Wrzoszczyk

Moderator
Oriol Illa
Plenary session (auditorium Vicenç Badenes)

09.45

Opening session

Antonio Balmón, Ernest Maragall, Jordi Martí, Raf Tuts

Plenary session (auditorium Vicenç Badenes)

10.00

Keynote speech. The metropolis as a territorial solution to the urban challenges on the international agendas

Dennis Coderre, Claudia López, Ernest Maragall

Parallel session (auditorium Vicenç Badenes)

10.50

Metropolitan governance and legitimacy solutions to decision-making process

David Gómez, Claudia López, Oriol Nel·lo, Mariona Tomàs, Alejandra Trejo, Daniel Wrzoszczyk

Moderator
Oriol Illa
Plenary session (auditorium Vicenç Badenes)

12.10

Efficient management and good governance solutions

Giancarlo Cotella, Claudia López, Ramon Torra, Ivan Tosics, Paolo Veneri

Moderator
Agustí Fernández Losada
Parallel session (auditorium Vicenç Badenes)

Workshop. Communication as an instrument for metropolitan solutions. Global network of metropolitan and regional management - Journalists’ chapter - UN-Habitat (I)

Heads of communication from the city councils of the 36 municipalities of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, and journalists

Moderator
Rafael Forero, María del Pilar Téllez, Waldir Ochoa
Parallel session (aula B)

14.30

The impact of technological solutions on defining and managing the metropolis

Ana Chubinidze, Toni Codina, Antonella Contin, Ramon Gras, Lluís Torrens

Moderator
Carlos de la Morena
Parallel session (auditorium Vicenç Badenes)

Workshop. Metropolitan indicators across the world: solutions to monitor metropolitan spaces and improve public services

Nuno F. da Cruz, Marc Martí, Rashid Seedat, Erlinda Minero, Roger Barres

Moderator
Lia Brum, Silvia Llorente
Parallel session (aula C)

Workshop. Communication as an instrument for metropolitan solutions. Global network of metropolitan and regional management - Journalists’ chapter - UN-Habitat (II)

Heads of communication from the city councils of the 36 municipalities of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, and journalists

Moderator
Rafael Forero, María del Pilar Téllez, Waldir Ochoa
Parallel session (aula B)

16.30

Green and blue solutions: from a grey city to a green metropolis

Maria José Avendaño, Corina Basnou, Vicente Guallart, Paul Lecroart, Demetra McBride, Maritza Hernández

Moderator
Ana Romero
Parallel session (auditorium Vicenç Badenes)

Workshop. Communication as an instrument for metropolitan solutions. Global network of metropolitan and regional management - Journalists’ chapter - UN-Habitat (III)

Heads of communication from the city councils of the 36 municipalities of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, and journalists

Moderator
Rafael Forero, María del Pilar Téllez, Waldir Ochoa
Parallel session (aula B)

9.15

Workshop. Metropolitan solutions towards sustainable urban development

Other experts

Moderator
Rafael Forero, María del Pilar Téllez
Parallel session (auditorium Vicenç Badenes)

Solutions to social, gender, and diversity inclusion

Alice Abreu, Meehwa Cho, Nicolás García, Ricard Gomà, Paula Soto, Cecília Vaca

Moderator
Maria Peix
Parallel session (aula C)

10.45 Coffee break

11.15

Solutions to informality management in metropolises

Geoff Bickford, Ana Valéria Ribeiro Borges, Claudia López, Silva Magaia, José Nicols

Moderator
Elisenda Alamany
Parallel session (auditorium Vicenç Badenes)

9.15

Workshop. Metropolitan solutions towards sustainable urban development

Other experts

Moderator
Rafael Forero, María del Pilar Téllez
Parallel session (auditorium Vicenç Badenes)

Solutions to social, gender, and diversity inclusion

Alice Abreu, Meehwa Cho, Nicolás García, Ricard Gomà, Paula Soto, Cecília Vaca

Moderator
Maria Peix
Parallel session (aula C)

11.15

Solutions to informality management in metropolises

Geoff Bickford, Ana Valéria Ribeiro Borges, Claudia López, Silva Magaia, José Nicols

Moderator
Elisenda Alamany
Parallel session (auditorium Vicenç Badenes)

Towards a metropolitan vision for Europe 2050

Xavi Tiana, Jordi Vaquer

Moderator
Henk Bouwman
Parallel session (aula C)

12.45

Guided tour to «The Melting Age» exhibition

Alfons Rodríguez

Visit to the exhibition (Opensurf room)

14.10

Solutions to city planning

Yaser Abunnasr, Gabriel Lanfranchi, Josep Maria Pascual

Moderator
Joan Caba
Parallel session (auditorium Vicenç Badenes)

Workshop. How cities learn (I). Methodological tools for policy transfer

Carles Conill, Giuseppe Grezzi, Aytor Naranjo, Laia Carbonell

Moderator
Tom Rye
Parallel session (aula C)

16.00

Resilience plans and strategies

Elena Costas, Hélène Dromain, Katherine Eshel, Dennis Leach, Berivan Omar, Juan David Palacio, Héctor Santcovsky

Moderator
Oriol Estela
Parallel session (auditorium Vicenç Badenes)

Workshop. From urban survival to human thriving: concepts to start building urban metropolitan resilience

Technical teams, municipal experts and urban scholars

Moderator
Rosa Suriñach, Isabel Parra
Parallel session (aula C)

Workshop. How cities learn (II). Knowledge transferring initiatives: lessons learnt from the mentoring of the urban transports

Cyntia Echave, Amparo Montán, Marco Slavich

Moderators
Oriol Barba, Carlota Rosés
Parallel session (aula B)

17.30

Closing conference

Ernest Maragall, Clelia Colombo

Plenary session (auditorium Vicenç Badenes)

Exhibition

“The Melting Age” is a journey through over 30 countries on six continents, showing places and situations that demonstrate the causes and consequences of the climate crisis. What we might gain and, at the same time, what we could lose.

Using photographs taken at the end of the 20th century and throughout the 21st, the aim is to narrate how humanity’s great challenge in the coming decades is being tackled and how the climate crisis has been with us for a long time. We should not be suddenly surprised now.

Background Papers

Metropolises on the 2030 horizon

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