A partnership between Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, CityLab is the preeminent meeting of city leaders and the top minds in urbanism and city planning, economics, education, art, architecture, public sector innovation, community development, and business— convened with the goal of creating scalable solutions to major challenges faced by cities everywhere. Past CityLabs have been hosted in New York, Los Angeles, London, Miami and Paris. The next conference will take place in Detroit in 2018.
Every year, CityLab covers the most pressing challenges that cities face around the world. In 2017, topics included combatting terrorism and the refugee crisis; climate change; economic inclusion and social cohesion; issues surrounding mass transit; and sustainability.
Paris Mayor and C40 Chair Anne Hidalgo at CityLab 2017
CityLab Paris attendees heard from Mike Bloomberg and Paris Mayor and C40 Chair Anne Hidalgo in conversation with The Atlantic’s James Fallows on cities and inclusive climate action; Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike in conversation with former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, discussing innovation in Japan; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Mayor Mauricio Rodas of Quito, who discussed mapping a path to more inclusive mass transit; Stanford economist Raj Chetty, who highlighted the geography of social mobility; Liverpool Mayor Steve Rotheram and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street on England’s metro mayor experiment; and authors Ta-Nehisi Coates and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who, in a wide-ranging conversation, covered identity and cities.
CityLab is part of the American Cities Initiative, a suite of investments that empower cities to generate innovation and advance policy that moves the nation forward.