Cities of Tomorrow #9


HYBRID EVENT | 13 - 16 September 2021

Past Speakers 

Dipl. Ing. Thomas Madreiter – Director of Urban Planning City of Vienna

Thomas Madreiter is a urban planning Director since January 2013 and has been Head of the Competence Center for Higher Level Urban Planning, Smart City Strategy, Participation and Gender Planning in the City of Vienna’s Municipal Department.

He has been coordinating Smart City Vienna since 2010.

Arch. Reinhard Joecks – Partner FOSTER AND PARTNERS

Reinhard Joecks joined Foster + Partners in Germany in 1994, became a partner in 2005. During his time at the practice he has worked on cultural projects, masterplans and office headquarters in Europe and the Middle East including the Gerling Ring Karree in Cologne.

Recent work has included a masterplan for the city of Duisburg and the Black Sea Gardens eco-village in Bulgaria. He has most recently been involved with masterplans and mixed-use developments in Singapore, Tripoli, Baku and Casablanca.

Dr. Eng. Michael Horodniceanu – President of MTA Capital Construction

Michael Horodniceanu, Ph.D., P.E., is the President of MTA Capital Construction. He leads the largest transit infrastructure construction program in the United States, overseeing $20+ billion projects. Dr. Horodniceanu served as New York City’s Traffic Commissioner and he is a recognized expert in the field of transportation infrastructure, with over 35 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors.

Stefan Reschke – Representative CEE ExpoReal Munich

Stefan Reschke has been active for more than 16 years in the trade fair industry, accumulating over time international experience as organizer of common stands within various fairs.

Prof. Arch. Stephan Braunfels – Director Stephan Braunfels Architekten BDA

Stephan Braunfels designed, as an advisor to the City of Dresden in 1991-1993, the master plan for the reconstruction of the historic city centre.

The first major competition he won was for Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne in 1992 which opened in late 2002 and was considered one of the largest new museums in Germany. After the completion of the New Ulm Center in 2006 the office continuously expands its field of work with international projects. In addition to designs realized in Mexico, Italy, USA and Qatar the office is currently planning a new administrative building for the European Commission in Luxemburg as well as a cultural and conference centre in China.

Prof. Dr. Arch. Dorin Ștefan – Director at Dorin Ștefan Birou Arhitectură – D.S.B.A.

Dorin Stefan, doctor in architecture, runs his own Architecture practice D.S. Office of Architecture S.R.L. and is University Professor at the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism.

He’s the founding member of the Society of Romanian Architects and since 2002 vice-president of the Order of Architects of Romania and Curator for Romania at the Venice Architecture Biennial. He was organizer and participant in various exhibitions but also won distinguished awards such as the Silver medal at the Interarch World Architecture Biennial, Sofia, Bulgaria, together with Arch. Emil Barbu Popescu, the Prize of the Order of Architects of Bucharest, the Romanian Academy Award for his entire activity and the Prize of the Romanian Union of Architects “Opera Omnia”.

Dr. Arch. Șerban Țigănaș – President Romanian Order of Architects

Șerban Țigănaș is an architect, urban planner, trainer and activist for architecture and building culture. He is a partner of the Dico and Țigănaș architecture and engineering office, associate of the planning office Planwerk and teaches at the Technical University of Cluj.

He is the winner of several awards for architecture, contests and finished works. Active in the field of profession politics in Romania and internationally, he frequently intervenes in the written and audio-visual press on issues related to construction and development. He is currently the president of the Order of Architects of Romania.

Ivo Gönner – Mayor of the City of Ulm (1992 - 2016), President of the Council of the Danube Cities and Regions, President of the Association of Local Public Utility Companies

Ivo Gönner was a City Councillor in Ulm from 1980 to 1991 and then worked as an independent lawyer in Ulm until 1992. From 1985 to 1991, he was leader of the SPD faction in Ulm’s City Council. On 01.12.1992, he was elected Lord Mayor of Ulm and began his first period in off­ice on 01.03.1993. He was re-elected Lord Mayor of UIm on 05.12.1999 and his second period in o­ffice began on 01.03.2000. From May 2001 to April 2005, he was Chairman of the Social Democratic Association for Municipal Policy (SGK e.V.).

Dr. Georg Pammer – General Manager Aspern City

Dr. Georg Pammer, General Manager of Aspern City Smart Research, provided us with an example of successful urban planning. We saw how the space of an old abandoned airport has been transformed into the greenest (50% of the surface is green spaces) and smartest district of Vienna, which has become a multifunctional city that offers living space, jobs, spaces of leisure as well as commercial spaces on 2.4 square km.

Dipl. Eng. Hans-Jürgen Best – City Director of the City of Essen and Divisional Management Board Planning

Dipl.-Ing. Hans-Jürgen Best, currently City Manager of the city of Essen and Member of the Divisional Management Board Planning, has a vast experience in urban and spatial planning, starting with his studies in Dortmund in 1975. Afterwards, he occupied leading positions in departments for spatial planning or building and urban planning in Oberhausen and Essen.

Dr. Marcel Heroiu – Senior Urban Development Specialist World Bank

Marcel Heroiu holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and a PhD in regional development from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, United States.

Key areas in which he has worked include: urban and regional development policies and competitiveness; management of EU operational programs; prioritizing projects; local and regional governance; sustainable development and climate change and the redevelopment of the outdated industrial areas. Marcel has contributed to or led projects in Romania, Poland, Turkey, USA, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Croatia.

Prof. Peter Zlonicky – Head of the Office of Urban Studies Munich; University Professor (em.) for Urban Planning and Design at the Technical University in Dortmund

Prof. Peter Zlonicky is a consultant to the Policy Board on National Urban Development Policy in Berlin since 2007 and to the National Foundation‚ Baukultur in Potsdam.

He is head of the Office of Urban Studies, Munich/Germany and guided main urban planning projects in Berlin and in Bonn (Parliamentary and Governmental Districts in both cities), city development in Dortmund, in Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, in Muenster and Weimar. He was consultant to cooperation projects in Brasil, Egypt, Gambia, Haiti, Syria, Maroc, Israel/Palestine, Libya, and Sibiu/Romania.

Arch. Dorothee Dubrau – Deputy Mayor, Responsible for Urban Development and Constructions City of Leipzig

Dorothee Dubrau is University Lecturer at Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt) and a board member of the Urban Development Council in Berlin since 2007. She was a city planner and the spokesperson for BI Luisenstadt/Berlin Mitte until 1990. Ms. Dubrau was part of the District Councils for Urban Development of Berlin Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg, and, since 1997, the chairman of the pension fund board for the Chamber of Architects in Berlin. During the same year, she also joined the German Academy of Urban Development and Regional Planning.

She was a board member of the housing association Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Berlin-Mitte mbH and of Grün Berlin GmbH, a non-profit company involved in project development, building management, park and operations management, public relations and marketing.

Tilman Buchholz – Deputy Head of the Urban Development Department of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

Tilman Buchholz is the Deputy Head of the Urban Development Division of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. He has a vast experience in partnerships on urban development between the public and private sectors in Germany and dedicates a significant part of his activity to the European collaboration for the development of cities.

The vision he promotes is an integrated one and relies on the premise that a European city is compact, mixed and diverse. Moreover, the actors involved in the sustainable development of a region are not only the state, the counties or communes, but also the civil society, the economy and the academic environment. 

Prof. Jörn Walter – Chief Urban Planner of the City of Hamburg

Jörn Walter studied urban planning at the Dortmund University. At the beginning of the 90’s he was Head of the urban planning office in Dresden and since 1999 he has been chief planning officer of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

He used to be University Professor at the Technical Universities in Vienna and Dresden, at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg and currently he’s teaching at the HafenCity University Hamburg. Prof. Walter is present in numerous committees in the field of urban development – for example in the Advisory Board of the Federal Foundation of Baukultur but also in the urban development committee of the Association of German Cities

Dr. Arnold Voss – Urbanist, Founder Office for the Art of Planning, Berlin

Arnold Voss studied town and country planning and education in Dortmund and Berlin.

Research and teaching work at the Technical University of Berlin, the Technical University of Aachen and Columbia University New York City in the fields of urban planning, urban development and architecture.

Doctorate in Political Science. Consultant, designer and independent expert to government, citizens’ action groups and private investors. Proprietor of the planning firm “Office for the Art of Planning – OfAP” based in Berlin.

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