QUOTE OF THE DAY
We need to understand why 15-minute cities are becoming popular […] We need to reshape cities, develop high-quality social life, break gentrification and have a humanistic quality of life […] We need to develop a new revolution, the revolution of proximity.
Sorbonne University-IAE Paris
Opening ceremony and plenary 1: Leading the Transition
Things kicked off with a bang at Tuesday morning’s plenary, as ECF CEO Jill Warren invited local musicians Ida Wutzler, Laurenz Bogen and Jörg Anders to perform a live rendition of this year’s conference theme tune, “Take Me Away”. With the crowd’s feet tapping, heads nodding and air guitars at the ready, the early morning cobwebs were certainly blown away and the audience were eager to get this year’s show on the cycling track. Master of Ceremony Totinia Hoerner then introduced our first speakers of the day, as Leipzig’s Deputy Mayor of Urban Development Thomas Dienberg, ECF President Henk Swarttouw, State Secretary at the Germany Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport Hartmut Höppner and State Secretary of the Germany Ministry of Environment Christiane Rohleder, each came to the stage to deliver their introductory speeches.
Next up was the inspirational Carlos Moreno. Known for coining the concept of the 15-minute city, Moreno’s words resonated with everyone in the audience, as he not only drove home the need to rethink how we live and interact with our surroundings, but the key role the bicycle needs to play in this. His hat-tip towards legendary urbanist Jane Jacobs was also […]
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