Shaping the City: A Forum for Sustainable Cities and Communities

Shaping the City: A Forum for Sustainable Cities and Communities

Shaping the City: A Forum for Sustainable Cities and Communities is a forum organized by the European Cultural Center in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Following the success of the two Venetian editions of Shaping the City, the first edition in Chicago is scheduled to take place on the 10th of December 2021 at the Chicago Cultural Center in person and live-streamed online.

Shaping the City tackles contemporary urbanization and key issues in the city, presented and debated through the perspectives of a group of academics, urban planners and designers, architects, policy makers, and scholars.

Through diverse presentations and panel discussions, the forum confronts the fundamental topics shaping the cities in the world. The conversations are structured in a way to portray an array of international perspectives about urbanism and architecture and tailored around two main subthemes: Architecture for the People and Re-imagining the City.

The discussions over the two days recognize the significant role urban planning and design plays in molding the interaction of people with their cities and their wellbeing. The forum sets forward new thoughts around the rights to the city, through a spatial, pragmatic, yet inclusive and sustainable approach. Shaping the City 2021 looks to tackle these themes comparing completely different approaches in international cities, namely in Europe and the Americas.

David Brown the artistic director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial will be the keynote speaker and will inaugurate the in-person forum taking place at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Latest updates, the final agenda and the list of speakers will be posted on and social media @shapingthecityforum.

The session will be live-streamed on ECC's YouTube channel:

For more information, please reach out to:
Lucia, Ilaria and Hadi at

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Cite: "Shaping the City: A Forum for Sustainable Cities and Communities" 07 Dec 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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