Cities of Destiny

Discussion Tue 21 Oct 2003
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Great cities invite the world to be part of their own destiny. They arise at a moment of convergence when tradition and new ideas interact. They are receptive to the best talents in the world. How do cities achieve greatness? Are there any universal principles of dynamic cities? Can cities learn from one another? Can once-creative cities regain their lost importance? Our discussion focuses on a wide range of examples including Barcelona, Shanghai, New York, London, Berlin, Paris, and Bagdad.

Marc Van de Mieroop, Columbia University
Fred Manson, formerly of the Southbank Borough Council, London
Marc Patcher, Director, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute
Rafael Viñoly
Co-sponsored by the Wolfson Center for National Affairs and Creative Cities.