Cathedral Thinking & Cities

Rick Antonson on Cathedral Thinking

Ultimately, Cathedral Thinking involves the greater collective coming together with a shared vision for a better future. It involves collaboration, advance planning and the determination to build something strong and lasting. Building a world city is no different. “Like cathedrals, world cities aren’t formed overnight,” said Rick Antonson, president and CEO of Tourism Vancouver. “Shaping Vancouver into a world city will take a lot of work – work based on a vision beyond our own times.” And that means we need to be strategic, take stock of our resources and continue forward even if we don’t anticipate seeing the end result.

In Praise of Cathedral Thinking – The David McWilliams Podcast

The people who build Europe’s gothic cathedrals knew that they wouldn’t be around to see them completed. They were building for people yet to be born. This is what we need to build liveable cities right now. Looking at John Gray the 19th century architect of Dublin’s water system, we apply Gray’s thinking and planning to the of the biggest urban dilemma of the 21st century: housing and urban planning.

Listen to the podcast:

The Global Metropolis

A two-day CityAge summit hosted by John Sexton, President, New York University on “The Global Metropolis”. The program featured leaders in business, government and academe who are leading the business of city building in the 21st Century.

The world is seeing the greatest movement of people to cities in history, creating both immense challenges and opportunities. More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. By 2050 seven out of ten of us will.
It’s the age of city building. How we build — and rebuild our cities — will define our global future. And it means we must embrace new technologies, new business partnerships, new ideas and innovative systems to design our future economy, our lives and our environment.

The Global Metropolis
New York City
NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Washington Square
June 18th and 19th, 2013

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