Cities of Tomorrow #9


HYBRID EVENT | 13 - 16 September 2021

About the conference

The annual event dedicated to the sustainable development of Romanian cities and regions is already at its ninth edition and has consolidated its position as a top event for the business environment, architecture, urban development and administration.

Encouraging the sustainable development of the country, promoting measures to increase its attractiveness for new investments and stimulating the country’s competitiveness are essential factors for us. Cities of Tomorrow offers a platform for the exchange of ideas, concepts and know-how between the public and private sectors, with the ambition to create a context conducive to concrete actions leading to tangible results.

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Last edition’s Speakers

Marcel Ionescu-Heroiu - Senior Urban Development Specialist The World Bank

Marcel Ionescu-Heroiu works as Senior Urban Development Specialist in the World Bank office in Prague, Czech Republic. Some of the key areas Marcel has worked on include: urban and regional development policy and competitiveness; the management of EU Operational Programmes; project prioritization; local and regional governance; sustainable development and climate change; and brownfields redevelopment. Marcel has led or contributed to projects in: Romania, Poland, Turkey, the US, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Croatia. Marcel received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and holds a Ph.D. in Regional Development from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Arch. Ilinca Păun Constantinescu - Teaching Assistant ”Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning Bucharest

Ilinca Păun Constantinescu earned her PhD degree in architecture in 2013. She currently practices architecture at Ideogram Studio, teaches theory of architecture at “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism Bucharest, and leads cultural projects within the IDEILAGRAM Association. Together with her team from IDEILAGRAM, she edited Shrinking Cities in Romania. Orașe românești în declin (DOM publishers&MNAC Press 2019) and realized researches and exhibitions such as: Shrinking Cities in Romania (MNAC Bucharest, 2016), On Housing (Timco Halls Timișoara, 2018), Uranus Now (MNAC, 2019, initiated by Zeppelin). She is part of the team that will represent Romania at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2020, with the project Fading Borders.

Ullrich Sierau - Lord Mayor, City of Dortmund

Ullrich Sierau is the Mayor of the City of Dortmund. After completing his degree in spatial planning at Dortmund and Oxford, he worked in the Ministry of Urban Development, Housing and Transportation of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 1994 he became the director of the Dortmund-based Institute for Urban and Regional Development Research of North Rhine-Westphalia (ILS). From 1999–2007 he served as councilor and head of Dortmund’s Department for City Planning before being appointed planning officer for Urban Planning and Infrastructure in 2007. In 2009 Ullrich Sierau was elected as Lord Mayor of the City of Dortmund and was re-elected in 2014. Since his election, Mayor Sierau has put major emphasis on implementing sustainable urban development projects. As a result, Dortmund was awarded the title of Germany’s Most Sustainable City in 2014.

Dr. Emil Boc - Mayor, City of Cluj-Napoca

Dr. Emil Boc is the Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, the biggest city in Transylvania. After completing his Law, History and Philosohpy studies and his PhD in Political sciences and political philosophy at the ”Babeș-Bolyai” University in Cluj-Napoca, Mr. Boc began his professional life as a lawyer at Cluj County Bar Association and later as a lecturer at the Faculty of Political, Administration and Communicatio Sciences and at the Faculty of Law, ”Babeș-Bolyai” University. After entering politics, he held various offices before holding the office of Prime Minister of the Government of Romania between 2008-2012. He was first elected Mayor of Cluj-Napoca in 2004 and reelected in 2012. Mr. Boc is a Member of the European Commission of the Regions since April 2017 and Rapporteur on Brain Drain in the EU in the SEDEC Commission of the European Committee of the Regions since July 2019. Cluj-Napoca has seen great improvement under Dr. Boc’s administration and is currently shortlisted for the “European Capital of Innovation 2020” award.

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