Set in one of the most iconic brutalist buildings in the world, the Barbican Centre will host the Ecocity World Summit 2023 with a diverse conference and exhibition programme in response to this year’s theme Connecting Communities.
The chosen theme for this summit edition is Connecting Communities. We aim to reach across communities and sectors, connecting experts, innovators, and urban leaders from around the world. At Ecocity World Summit 2023, we will explore how collaboration, participation, democratisation of design and transdisciplinary approaches can create better cities and communities. This will be explored through the following topic areas:
A focus on locally and globally restoring and sustaining ecological integrity through species diversity, ecosystem diversity, and genetic diversity.
How can we design, build, and operate our buildings and urban places, to have a net-positive impact on our environment?
How can culture, new technology, urban design, and governance enable sustainable behaviours, and a happy, healthy, and equitable future?
Finding ways to manage our natural and material resources to sustain healthy and restorative systems
As part of a three-day in-person conference programme, a wide range of high-profile speakers including policymakers, activists, designers and academics will provide inspiring and provoking views about the future of our cities and communities. More speakers to be announced soon.
Claudia Hernández Fernández
General Director of Coordination of Policies and Environmental Culture, Mexico City
Director, AIARCH and Biothing, and Professor of Design Innovation Technologies, RMIT University
Secretary General of Urban Agenda, Housing and Architecture, Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Spain
Prof Carlos Moreno
Scientific Director of the Chair ''Entrepreneurship Territory Innovation'', Sorbonne University-IAE Paris
Senior Advisor, The Obel Award and Distinguished Professor at IE School of Architecture & Design
Dr Rihab Khalid
Isaac Newton Trust Research Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, Director of Studies in Architecture at Clare College, and affiliated lecturer at the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge
Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Environments at the Université de l’Ontario Français, Toronto, Canada
Senior Lecturer in Urban Design, Leader of the Urbanism Research and Scholarship Group, and Co-Founding Director of the Public Space Observatory Research Centre at Cardiff University
First Year, Materials & Technology Studio Tutor, Head of Digital Exploration Clinic at the Architectural Association, Associate Lecturer at Buckinghamshire New University Oxford Brookes University
Malek Al Jebaie
Master's student at Lund University's International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Annekee Groeninx van Zoelen
Graduate MSc Architecture, Urbanism & Building Sciences at Delft University of Technology
TD, Member of the Irish Parliament, and former Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment
Prof. Joseph Alcamo
Director of the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme at the University of Sussex
Prof. Montse Delpino-Chamy
Associate Professor, Departamento de Urbanismo, Universidad de Concepcion Chile
Global Research Leader, Collaborating for Resilience; PhD Candidate in Urban and Regional Planning, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Head of School of Built Environment at the University of Technology Sydney, Professor of Urban Planning
Common Councillor and former Policy and Resources Chair, City of London Corporation
Communications Officer, European Network for Community-Led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability (ECOLISE)
Dr Janis Birkeland
Honorary Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne
Net Zero Urban Programme, Global Lead, KPMG, and Board Member, EU Climate Neutral and Smart Cities Mission
Dr Shampa Roy-Mukherjee
Interim Dean of the Royal Docks School of Business and Law, University of East London
Lead for the Clean Energy Cities programme at Centre for Net Zero, powered by Octopus Energy
Founder and Director, Lucy Bullivant & Associates, and Chair, Lambeth Design Review Panel
Lecturer, Architecture Urban Design & Creative Arts, Mahasarakham University & Country Representative & Observer of ARCASIA Committee on Young Architects (ACYA)
Explore the full dynamic programme now
We are excited to have two very special keynote speakers at this year’s Ecocity World Summit. Comprising of two sessions, Norman Foster and Yasmeen Lari will be sharing years of knowledge and insight into talks around some of the most pressing issues facing the global community. Each keynote session is £19.96 (includes VAT and booking fee) per person and is bookable via Eventbrite.
Day Tickets Now Available
Needing more flexible ways to be part of Ecocity 2023? We are offering day tickets where you can choose the day that is most convenient for you. Across three days, the summit will bring influential figures from around the world to find pathways to cleaner cities and connected communities.
On Wednesday 7 June, you have the opportunity to join a number of exclusive tours across London to discover firsthand some of the key projects shaping a more ecological future for the capital.
Spaces are limited so please book early to secure your place.
Only available to 3-day pass attendees.
A diverse programme of exhibitions across the Barbican Centre curated in partnership with leading organisations, inviting delegates to discover some of the most innovative solutions to create more ecological cities and delve deeper into the themes explored in this edition of the summit.
Join us for exclusive workshops across the 3-day summit. Subject matter experts will lead on sessions built around specific themes where delegates have the opportunity to work in groups towards sector-specific outcomes and solutions. Spaces are limited so please arrive early to your chosen session, as places are on a first-come basis.
The summit will be set against the backdrop of the London Festival of Architecture, a month-long celebration of city building and architecture where discussions and talent discovery take place in the UK’s capital. For the #LFA2023 the theme is ‘In Common’, where we hope to explore and interrogate how the experiences we do and don’t have in common are central to the evolution and development of the city. Our community holds knowledge, skills and understanding to find solutions to the real-life challenges we face, and we look forward to bringing these explorations together with all of you in June 2023. There will be networking events, tours, workshops and activations across London inviting everyone to be part of Ecocity World Summit 2023!