The world’s largest festival dedicated to the future of cities takes place next week

From October 22 to 24, city leaders and urbanists from around the world will speak at the virtual WRLDCTY event

Huw Oliver
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Huw Oliver
UK Editor
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What does the future of your city look like? Obviously, it’s hard to say. But for a decent idea of the kinds of developments that could revolutionise urban life over the coming decades, you could do much worse than pop along to WRLDCTY 2020 – the world’s largest event dedicated to the future of cities, which takes place next week.

This virtual festival promises to bring together ‘thought leaders, urbanists and city lovers’ for a packed three-day programme of panels and keynotes from October 22 to 24. There will also be an online ‘exhibition hall’, workshops and a ‘community corner’ where you can network with other attendees from around the world.

Speakers include Bjarke Ingels, founder of the BIG architecture firm; urbanist and author Richard Florida; Shin-pei Tsay, Uber’s policy director; C40 director David Miller; John Tory, the mayor of Toronto; urban planner Jeff Speck; and Sumindi Peiris, Time Out’s chief marketing officer. While many attendees will be speaking from home, several talks will also be broadcast from iconic city venues including the New York Times Center, the Museum of London and the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. 

General admission, which gets you access to all keynote talks, is free. But if you want to be able to watch the panels, network with other attendees, and replay all sessions on-demand for up to a year after the festival, a full ‘pro pass’ will cost you $149 (£115, A$208).

For more information, visit the official WRLDCTY website.

FYI: these are the 40 coolest neighbourhoods in the world, as chosen by locals and Time Out staff.

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