October 24/25, 2013 | Rio de Janeiro

Urban Age – Shaping the future of our cities

More than half of the world’s population already lives in cities today and more than 70 percent will live in urban centers by 2050. How should cities of the future be designed to overcome the social, economic and ecological challenges of the future?

Urban Age Conference – International competence network

“Urban Age – The Future of Cities” is a series of conferences that Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society (AHS) launched in collaboration with the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The project seeks solutions to the challenges cities are facing in the 21st century. Urban Age analyzes the problems of megacities, bringing together mayors, architects, city planners, academics and NGOs to learn from each other.

International conferences have been taking place since 2005, for instance, in New York, Shanghai, London, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Berlin, Mumbai and São Paulo. Studies are conducted ahead of the conferences, and experts in the network exchange views and information with local experts to learn about the specific challenges confronting the conference city. Topics such as traffic, security, governability and sustainable economics as well as the use of public space define the discussions depending on their relevance for each city. The conferences have resulted in two anthologies “The Endless City” and “Living in the Endless City” as well as an extensive collection of data and other research materials.

Rio de Janeiro

Plano Popular Vila Autódromo © Olaf Jacobs


In 2013, Rio de Janeiro was the focus of the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award. The winning projects, Plano Popular Vila Autódromo and Pontilhão Cultural, contribute to improving life in the Brazilian city by tackling the specific needs of their communities.


Learn more about the the 2013 Urban Age Award and its projects.

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