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5th Annual Forum Agenda

Imagine 2060: Delivering Tomorrow's Cities Together

Wednesday, June 28th 

9:00AM - 2:00 PM MOBILE WORKSHOPS (Invitation only)

The City of Ever-Evolving Global Logistics: A look at the state-of-the art intermodal logistics systems and how these shape the city around them. Visit the port’s sustainable freight programs, environmental development, clean air programs, and emission reduction programs, as well as the companies that support these global pathways.

A River and Reimagined Neighborhoods: A look at how the city is reestablishing a connection with the river as a means of rejuvenating the urban environment and how local culture and the arts are totally transforming underinvested communities for the better.

6:00 - 8:00 PM OPENING DINNER AND DISCUSSION: Future of Urban Waterfronts

Thursday, June 29th 



9:40 – 10:10AM OPENING ADDRESS: Imagining Tomorrow's Waterfront Cities

Waterfront sites in many cities are facing numerous challenges, such as road access, remaining contamination, and industrial or crumbling infrastructure. At the same time, natural and creative spaces are in high demand by citizens looking to rest up during the precious little downtime in their busy lives. Renovation and creative use of waterfront sites has the potential to revitalize cities while providing health and economic benefits.

How can we better improve accessibility while designing creative and engaging urban waterfronts? How can we better foster a sense of place within communities? How can we empower or inspire communities to ignite public imagination? How can collective place-making play an important role during such a process?

10:10 – 11:00AM Integrated Solutions for Healthy Urban Water and Air

Cities around the Pacific Rim are thriving on many different fronts, such as economy, culture, and scientific and technological innovations. At the same time, clean air and abundant, clean and resilient water systems are among the most challenging urban situations. It is a critical part of the daily existence of all people who work, live, and travel in cities. The shortage of water alongside the deteriorating water and air quality has resulted in significant impacts on human health and well-being while simultaneously reducing a city’s competitiveness in retaining talent and attracting investments.

How can we improve urban water and air quality and therefore urban health to create healthy and competitive cities? What are individual companies and nonprofit organizations doing to make changes? What are some of the strategies being developed and what is possible in the future?

11:00-11:15 AM COFFEE BREAK

11:15AM – 12:00PM The Future of Urban Housing

Like Los Angeles, most major cities are experiencing severe housing shortages, with the World Health Organization predicting a global urban population of 6.4 billion by 2050, many cities’ architects and planners are constantly looking at ways to turn neglected urban spaces, often on our waterfronts into mixed use neighborhoods, but often these neighborhoods have extreme pressure to deliver maximum market rate housing. This panel will look at innovative programs around the world that have been designed to develop affordable housing in the form of workforce housing inclusion programs and the design of micro-unit buildings, infill housing, land trusts and co-op housing, co-living spaces and pod-share communities and a renewed look at the much maligned “social housing” or “low income” housing.

What are the pros and cons of these kinds of housing solutions? What will the future's urban housing will look like? Are there any other creative and feasible solutions we can consider? 


Choose a table with a theme that you are interested in and meet others interested in the same topics.

1:15 – 2:00PM Future of Mobility

Countries and individuals are depending on transportation for economic development and access to various resources. For all of its benefits to the nation and individuals, however, transportation imposes large costs—lost time in traffic congestion, deaths and injuries from crashes, and the release of greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of pollution.

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are among the largest ports in the United States and are widely known for their air quality impacts. To reduce air pollution in and around the ports, the Port of LA is currently demonstrating a catenary system-overhead electric lines-that would enable trucks to operate in electric mode when in proximity to the port. Meanwhile, other measures like ElecTruck technology have also been demonstrated at the port. These technologies, together with rideshare technologies/operations such as Uber/Lyft, driverless cars, new transport concepts such as the hyperloop and the Internet of Vehicles, are all going to transform our transportation landscape to one expected to be less congestion, greater efficiency, lower emissions, and fewer accidents. 

Where is the urban mobility revolution headed? What are the benefits and challenges of the Internet of Vehicles? How can the public and private sector work together to promote a multi-modal, highly efficient, and low carbon mobility system? What impacts will this have on the mobility of our passenger and freight?

2:00 – 2:45PM High Performace Water Systems for the Built Environment

Projections from the 2030 Water Resources Group suggest that the global gap between water demand and supply could be as large as 40% by 2030. While many cities are facing severe water shortage, they are also facing the challenges of dealing with urban flooding under extreme weather events. The need to confront both water shortages and urban flooding has created a huge headache for many city planners. But it also has become an opportunity to introduce a series of new urban designs such as bioswales, green streets and rain gardens. Meanwhile, through a combination of rainwater harvesting, aggressive conservation, and water recycling, buildings can also achieve self-sufficiency from the water “grid” and attain their Net Zero Water goal.

How can we foster an environment to realize the highest possible performance of our water systems? How can we make net zero water buildings a tangible reality for most of today's buildings? How can we also empower homeowners and neighborhoods to come up with novel solutions?

2:45 – 3:00PM COFFEE BREAK

3:00 – 3:45PM Future of Working Waterfronts- Imagining New Economies

Historically a city’s economy has been tied to its waterfronts playing a key role in the global economy. As we enter the next economic revolution where robotics, and automated logistics and manufacturing take hold, how well are our cities positioned to compete and win while creating new jobs and economic development?

How do cities create new jobs? What jobs will be normal in 20, 40 years? What will Major Initiatives to re-shore manufacturing in America and an evolution from Made in China to Designed in China have on the global patterns of manufacturing, logistics and waterfronts?

3: 45- 4:30PM Next Generation Capital and Finance Partnerships

Cities and the public sector in general often lack access to the latest technology, capital, and expertise. The role of the private sector, from small family-owned firms to multinationals, is essential to improving water, electricity, offices, housing, and transit infrastructure. At the same time, private sector investments are sensitive to price and uncertainty factors in climate change, environmental degradation, and natural disasters.

How can the private sector best partner with the public sector to share ideas, expertise, technology, and funding in pursuit of tomorrow’s resilient, livable city? Can existing partnership models such as San Francisco’s “Eco Districts,” Siemens “NEWater” filtration system in Singapore, or Phillips “Mayors’ Lighting Partnership” be scaled globally or implemented locally?

4:30 – 5:15PM Creating Unique Waterfront Cultures and Identities

Imagine the great cities of the world and you most likely conjure up an image of its waterfront. Rivers, bays, and lakes are the lifeblood and soul of a city’s culture and identity. For waterfront cities, tourism and waterfront entertainment are also key drivers of their GDP.

This panel will look at a set of case studies from Panama City, Vancouver, Seattle, Hong Kong, and LA and explore how cities of the future will relate to and relay their water as a key part of their culture and identity.