21st Century Urban Development Challenges

The Mayor’s Office of Veszprém Municipal City is organising a conference entitled Towards the Capital of Culture – 21st Century Urban Development Challenges in Veszprém’s Hangvilla on 7th May 2018. The aim of the event is to present and explore urban development strategies and viewpoints which provide answers and tools to solve everyday problems and work towards a long-term strategy to help cities emerge from dead-end situations in the social, transport, property development, heritage management, and technological spheres.   

Chief Patron of the conference: Dr. Tibor Navracsics Tibor, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

Professional Patron of the conference: Dr. Tamás Meggyesi DSC. professor emeritus, architect, urban planner

Keynote Speaker: Jan Gehl, architect, urban planner, author of the renowned volume Cities for People, professor emeritus of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, an outstanding figure in urban planning over the past forty years.

Further presenters and topics of the conference:

Levente Polyák, urban planner – Activating communities in urban processes

Samu Szemerey, urban architect – The smart city as a policy

Árpád Bőczén, architect – Layers of built heritage and their urban development-related challenges

András Ekés, mobility expert – Present-day challenges of city traffic

Csaba Jelinek, sociologist – Sociological challenges of contemporary urban studies

Hajnalka Vörös Márkus – Veszprém’s urban plans and what has come to stand

József Saád – Veszprém’s social transformation processes in the 1970s

Panel talk with Csaba Jelinek, Samu Szemerey, András Ekés, and Árpád Bőczén

Moderator: Dávid Smiló, architect, Paradigma Ariadné

As a closing act of the conference, Jan Gehl will have a signing session of his volume Cities for People. Copies may be purchased at the conference venue for the whole duration of the event.

Participation is free; registration is mandatory by 2nd May 2018.

The conference programme in full detail is available here. Please also find the Facebook page here.

Professional partners: Paradigma Ariadné and Veszprém County Chamberof Architecture. Participants are eligible for Chamber credit points.