Convention– Future Formats for the Region
The way we live and work and the way we move and supply ourselves are largely dictated by the need to protect our climate. These requirements pose enormous challenges to regions and municipalities – who have already initiated the necessary change all over Europe and around the globe by developing solutions that are often unconventional and set an example for sustainable city planning.
The Ruhr Metropolis and the City of Essen have been leading the way in these efforts for years now and are currently living in the “Green Decade”: The development of the entire region has already been shaped by the Emscher Park International Building Exhibition, the Emscher conversion project, the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010, the Innovation City process and the 2017 project year European Green Capital of Essen. But, these projects are far from signalling the end of the forward-looking planning the City of Essen is undertaking to transfigure itself into a polycentric and sustainable Ruhr metropolis!
The convention FUTURE FORMATS FOR THE REGION provides the appropriate platform for an international exchange between experts, decision-makers and citizens. It is based on the realisation that shaping cities of the future that offer high quality of life and sustainability requires constant reflection and optimisation of all steps involved. The goal is to learn from each other – across borders and across topics. Wide acceptance of the measures is not possible without democratic participation.
This is why we invite you to discuss, ask questions and listen: at an event that is already the third of its kind in an established series of conventions that emerged from the format European Green Capital – Essen 2017. The convention will have a hybrid format for the first time. It will be possible to attend in person on site as well as online – naturally, in real time and in interactive fashion. All contributions will be translated simultaneously into English or German.