More than half the world’s population live in cities and by 2050 it’s estimated that 66% will live in urban areas – but we are living in a time of crisis – and this year’s Festival of the Future City aims to address some of the challenges facing our cities. Panel discussions will explore the new geographies of inequality in UK cities today, asking how we can transform social mobility, while journalist Polly Toynbee joins us to question how we can end class privilege. Continuing much of the work it has been doing over its history, this year’s festival will look at the impact of women in cities, exploring how cities might look different if they were designed and led by women.
This year’s Festival of the Future City looks at cities recovering from conflict, with a focus on Syria and Ukraine. A panel of architects from Syria with the director of the Ukrainian Institute will explore the question of how we can rebuild cities after war – and what the UK can do to help.