City to share sustainable regeneration best practice with global audience
An international debate on how the world’s cities and territories can remain competitive while balancing economic progress and meeting the critical challenges of social exclusion and inequality will be the central theme of the INTA30 World Urban Development Congress in Belfast on 8-11 October, 2006.
The three-day international Congress, which will be held at Belfast’s regenerated Laganside Waterfront, is set to attract urban regeneration professionals from across the globe – including senior UK and international government representatives and leading urban planners, designers and architects.
The event will address three core areas; Creativity: a tool for urban development, Competitiveness: raising profile and performance of cities and regions, and Community: developing sustainable strategy. In particular, the congress will question how governance needs to change to meet global urban challenges and investigate whether future policy should focus on regions, cities or local communities.
The speaker programme features an elite panel of more than 60 of the world’s foremost urban commentators. It includes speeches by: Robert Yaro, President, Regional Plan Association New York; Professor Michael Parkinson, lead author of the ‘State of English Cities’ report; and Jack Pringle, President, RIBA.
In addition to listening to keynote speeches, delegates will have the opportunity to participate in policy debate, case studies, master classes and workshops.
Kyle Alexander, Chief Executive of Laganside Corporation, the principal congress sponsor, said: "Belfast has undergone a major urban renaissance in recent years with high levels of investment stimulating comprehensive regeneration of the city. That is why we are delighted to be hosting the world’s foremost specialists in regeneration here in our back yard and that is why it is more than appropriate for the INTA World Congress to be back in the UK and back in Belfast. We are looking forward to a successful and challenging congress and to sharing our experiences of delivering sustainable development work with an international audience of leading experts in the sector."