How do cities define and achieve success during a planetary emergency? How can bold visions, innovative approaches, and new designs make cities not just more sustainable and better ruggedized for a tough future, but also more economically competitive and socially fair? Futurist Alex Steffen—author of the new book The Snap Forward—answers these questions in this inspiring opening keynote.
Alex Steffen is a planetary futurist. He believes growing cities are the key to responding to our climate emergency and that in order to build a beautiful future, we have to be able to imagine a beautiful future.
Alex has been on the forefront of climate thinking for more than 25 years. An engaging speaker and a prolific writer, Alex has written thousands of pieces, been profiled in numerous media interviews, and given hundreds of talks to audiences around the world. Alex has spoken at the United Nations, YIMBYtown, performed celebrated TED talks, and, in 2010, initiated Seattle’s Climate Action Plan in a two-night series of talks at Town Hall.
Manon is a Belgian architect, collaborator at M2A (A2M's NYC office), with five years of experience in Passive House design. She studied architecture and sustainable design at ULB in Brussels, graduating with honors in 2015 with her master’s degree. She then began working for Pierre Blondel Architects in Brussels where she demonstrated her ability in sustainable design. Manon has worked on Passive House buildings from small, residential projects to large-scale, urban plannings throughout Europe. In 2018, she moved to New York City to manage A2M’s U.S. office (M2A), where she has since trained professional networks.
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