Videos

Reimagining Smart Cities [Reimagining Cities #5]

July 6, 2021 – Has the pandemic validated smart cities’ claim to be safe and resilient? How has this crisis impacted major issues related to the use of smart technologies in urban areas, such as the balance between security and privacy, the digital divide, the ownership of personal data, and the socio-economic impact of the platform economy? This conference delves into the concrete impact of digital technologies in COVID-19 mitigation and explores their potential to boost ambitious urban recovery strategies.

Chaired by: Dr. Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi, Chair of Urban Flag, Lecturer at PSIA-Sciences Po and Columbia University in Paris

Speakers:

  • Ms. Simina Lazar, Network Coordinator, ASToN
  • Ms. Nejia Lanouar, Chief Information Officer, City of Paris
  • Mr. Michael Donaldson, Commissioner of Technological Innovation, Electronic Administration and Good Governance, Barcelona City Council

Q&A session facilitated by: Ms. Aliénor de Thoisy, Sciences Po graduate student


Reimagining Urban Sustainability [Reimagining Cities #4]

June 8, 2021 – What will be the long-term impact of the pandemic on urban actions to fight climate change? While urban dwellers show an increased predisposition towards bold environmental policies, thinning financial resources might render the cost of green transition unbearable to municipalities. This conference offers insight into cities’ capacity to implement a green recovery and explores the potential emerging forms of multilateral, multilevel, and multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Chaired by: Dr. Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi, Chair of Urban Flag, Lecturer at PSIA-Sciences Po and Columbia University in Paris

Speakers:

  • Dr. Paola Deda, Director of Forest, Land and Housing Division at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • Ms. Emmanuelle Pinault, Director of City Diplomacy, C40
  • Dr. Stefano Marta, Coordinator, Territorial Approach to the SDGs, OECD

Q&A session facilitated by: Ms. Lou Garcia, Sciences Po graduate student


Smart Cities, Global Action [Smart Cities Moscow 2021]

May 26, 2021 – Held in the framework of the Smart Cities Moscow forum, this round table explores the opportunity offered by coordination between global cities to disseminate a smart city approach for the post-pandemic era.

Chaired by: Dr. Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi, Chair of Urban Flag, Lecturer at PSIA-Sciences Po and Columbia University in Paris

Speakers:

  • Mr. Eduard Lysenko, Minister of the Government of Moscow, Head of Moscow’s ICT Department
  • Ms. Natalia Mochu, Regional Director of the International Telecommunication Union Regional Office for CIS
  • Ms. Clara Callegaris, Head of the Smart City Unit, Municipality of Milan
  • Mr. Michael Donaldson, Commissioner of Technological Innovation, Electronic Administration and Good Governance of the Barcelona City Council
  • Mr. David Cunha, Senior Adviser for Technology and Digital Transformation, Municipality of Lisbon

Reimagining Urban Diversity [Reimagining Cities #3]

May 4, 2021 – As the COVID-19 pandemic reached cities across the world, diversity has emerged as both a challenge and an opportunity for city administrations. The intercultural approach, aimed at empowering minorities and unleashing their contribution to society, has provided cities with extra tools in responding to the outbreak, as well as in planning the recovery. This conference addresses the evolution of political and social approaches to urban diversity, exploring their potential in the foreseeable future.

Chaired by: Dr. Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi, Chair of Urban Flag, Lecturer at PSIA-Sciences Po and Columbia University in Paris

Speakers:

  • H.E. Mr. Miguel Ángel Moratinos, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)
  • Ms. Ivana d’Alessandro, Head of the Intercultural cities Unit at the Council of Europe
  • Mr. Esteban Benavides, Coordinator of the International Observatory of Mayors on Living Together, Municipality of Montreal
  • Ms. Linda Tinio-Le Douarin, Coordinator of the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities − ICCAR

Q&A session facilitated by: Ms. Aliénor de Thoisy, Sciences Po graduate student


Nations Talk, Cities Act? [Reimagining Cities #2]

April 8, 2021 – The outbreak of COVID-19 led to a hiatus in international relations. While the governmental level featured an impasse (UN) and harsh negotiations (UE) in defining a common strategy, the city level experienced a blossoming of initiatives aimed at harnessing the potential of collective intelligence, cooperation, and solidarity.

What will be the impact of such an approach on the reshuffling of international relations that this pandemic seems destined to generate? Can cities stimulate a collaborative turn in international relations towards a more sustainable and just future?

Chaired by: Ms. Nilda Mesa, Adjunct Professor at SIPA, Columbia University; Faculty member at PSIA, Sciences Po

Speakers:

  • Mr. Sami Kanaan, Mayor of Geneva
  • Mr. François William Croteau, member of the executive council of the City of Montreal, in charge of the issues of smart cities, information technology, innovation and higher education
  • Dr. Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi, Chair of Urban Flag, Lecturer at PSIA-Sciences Po and Columbia University in Paris

Q&A session facilitated by: Ms. Lou Garcia, Sciences Po graduate student


The Rise of City Diplomats [Reimagining Cities #1]

March 16, 2021 – For a little over a century, cities around the world have been progressively building their own capacity to act internationally, to the point of profoundly impacting world politics. Yet, the role of city diplomats remains relatively unknown.

This webinar offers a conversation between dr. Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi, chair of Urban Flag and author of City Diplomacy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) and five distinguished city diplomats from some of the world’s most influential cities: Paris, London, New York, and Bogotá.

Chaired by Dr. Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi, Chair of Urban Flag, Lecturer at PSIA-Sciences Po and Columbia University in Paris

Speakers:

  • Ms. Penny Abeywardena, New York City’s Commissioner for International Affairs
  • Prof. Paul-David Régnier, Head of Paris’ International Relations Department
  • Ms. Leah Kreitzman, London’s Mayoral Director for External and International Affairs
  • Ms. Luz Amparo Medina Gerena, Head of Bogotá’s International Relations Department

Q&A session facilitated by: Ms. Aliénor de Thoisy, Sciences Po graduate student


The Future of Cities: Rethinking Urban Sustainability

February 11, 2021 – The panel engages with the latest models and theories for promoting sustainable cities, offering perspectives from design and planning, engineering, technology, and governance.


Pandemic and Re-Shaping The Urban Landscape: Hyper Localization and 15 Minute Cities

December 16, 2020 – Public health measures to mitigate community transmission of COVID-19 have generated a new impetus for re-thinking our urban landscape. These measures overhauled cities’ mobility cultures, limiting human movement to a distance of 15 minutes from one’s home. The creation of a ‘city of villages’ is gaining momentum around the world, shaping future designs of cityscapes in a post-pandemic world.


Territoires, Géopolitique et COVID-19 [in French]

8 décembre 2020 – Intervention de Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi à la Plénière de la Conférence Permanente des Relations Internationales de la Région Centre – Val de Loire. Mots de bienvenue de François Bonneau, Président de la région Centre – Val de Loire, et de Charles Fournier, Vice-Président délégué à la Transition écologique et citoyenne et à la Coopération.


L’action internationale des villes pour l’alimentation durable [in French]

26 novembre 2020 – Webinaire organisé et modéré par Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi, enseignant de City Diplomacy à Sciences Po et à l’Ecole Polytechnique et président du think tank Urban Flag.