The Future of Our Cities – Green or Brown

by Jörgen Eriksson on February 27, 2014

Mindaugas Pakalnis

Do we want to live in green or brown cities in the future? Do we want smaller communities and living space close to nature or do we want dense urban environments? This is a very relevant question for todays place managers. We in Bearing have recently been in a discussion about the potential to retrofit the inner city of a capital in Europe, and this made me keep my eyes and mind open for the dialogue of possibilities out there in the current public debate. This week I came across an interesting speech on the topic.

As more than half of the world population now live in urban areas and as most media images of the future show Blade Runner-esque dense urban landscapes with no sunlight, no plants and kilometre tall buildings, the future of our cities is a very relevant question. At the same time in reality cultural protection and cost issues are a major challenge for redevelopment.

In a TED talk in Vilnius, Lithuania this week, the architect and city planner Mindaugas Pakalnis spoke about the green or brown future of cities, about our options and about creative renovation. Pakalnis main focus of the talk is on sustainable engineering and design, and on what our options are for the future in medium size cities like Vilnius. It is an interesting speech that I recommend any place manager to watch.

The Future of Our Cities

About Jörgen Eriksson :

Jörgen Eriksson is the founder of Bearing and is the Chairman of the firm since it was created. He has successfully expanded Bearing into covering projects on four continents. He is also Adjunct Professor of Innovation Management at the International University of Monaco and at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and he is an active member of the Founders Alliance organisation.

Working with consulting engagements across Bearings practices, he has over the past fifteen years participated in and supervised a large number of client projects, from innovation system development and place development and branding, to merger and acquisition assignments and leading edge research and business development activities for key clients.

His new book, Branding for Hooligans, will be published in 2015. It is about how innovation and branding are key survival factors in our modern times of hyper competitive markets.

Prior to Bearing, he was Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Trema Treasury Management, a technology and consulting services provider, supplying financial software solutions for the global financial industry, Clients included The European Central Bank, Citibank, SEB, South African reserve Bank, Deutsche Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), as well as many other large financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Early in his career Eriksson was educated at the Stockholm School of Economics, where he studied economics, financial economics and philosophy. He then worked in Scandinavian investment banks and also for the Swedish Institute of National Defense Research.

You can contact Jörgen on e-mail, connect on LinkedIn onörgen-eriksson/0/38/8a0/ and follow him on twitter on joreri508.

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