Future Session

#8 Urban Resilience

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In 2019, The Spindle and the Hague Humanity Hub collaborate in organising a series of (almost) monthly inspirational working sessions for our mutual communities! Currently, we are dedicating three Future Sessions to exploring the future of cities and the significance of urban trends for development and development cooperation. The world is increasingly becoming more urban, with Africa and Asia being the fastest urbanising continents. Cities are growing in size, and by 2030, there will be 41 cities with more than 10 million inhabitants. During this Future Session Special, we explore the challenges, consequences and opportunities for you and your organisation. The sessions are high in energy and always involve an expert.

Future Session #8, Urban Resilience, October 29th 2019
This session will be the third (and last) in line on the topic of urban development and will be a practical follow up on the inspirational session Future in Cities at the Partos Innovation Festival.

The session will be facilitated by prof. dr. Arjan van Timmeren of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Solutions Institute. Over the years his work has focused on the integration of the concept of sustainable development in the field of architecture, urbanism and building technology in both practice and academia, with late emphasis on Smart cities, citizens, Urban Metabolism (Green-Blue systems) and Circular Economy. Check out his full biography here.

As an expert on Urban Resilience at Cordaid, Peter Gijs van Enk will give a presentation during this session. He supports Cordaid’s projects to strengthen urban resilience, especially for the urban poor. He is committed to shaping solutions for the consequences of climate change, natural and man-made hazards that inhabitants of cities and surrounding regions are increasingly facing. Peter Gijs will be zooming in on Cordaid’s urban resilience approach and examples which illustrate how Cordaid works with urban communities in Asia and Africa in becoming more resilient to disaster risks and challenges faced in these projects.

Practical details
Location: The Hague Humanity Hub (Fluwelen Burgwal 58 – The Hague)
Date: Tuesday, October 29
15.00 – 17.00 (+ networking drinks after!)


Save the date – This will be the third Future Session in a row of three inspirational and interactive meet-ups revolving around the future of cities and its significance for development and development cooperation. Stay tuned in for the sessions to come:

  • Tuesday, November 26: Future Session facilitated by Alexande Medik from Aidsfonds. More information will follow!

Future Session #8: Urban Resilience

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