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Join us on March 26th + 27th in Paris

Discuss with experts Paris’ Transition of La Défense, 
Urban retrofit and the balancing ambition with real-
world feasibility as well as the healthiness of 
European cities.


​​​​​​Paris in Transition – Urban Retrofit & the Healthy City

Paris undergoes extensive refurbishment, blending historic charm with modern amenities for a healthier urban environment. Renovations prioritize green spaces, pedestrian-friendly zones, and improved infrastructure. The city's commitment to sustainability and well-being enhances its appeal, offering residents and visitors a revitalized experience that harmoniously fuses tradition and progress.

Productive City – Port and Industry Integration Into the City Planning

Tallinn, a Baltic gem, strategically develops its ports and industries, fostering economic growth while preserving its picturesque cityscape. Innovative city planning integrates industrial zones seamlessly, emphasizing sustainable practices. The synergy between efficient ports, thriving industries, and thoughtful urban design positions Tallinn as a model for balanced economic and civic development.

Buildings of the Future – Digital, Connected and Healthy

Cities worldwide are embracing smart building technologies in refurbishments, seamlessly integrating digital solutions for enhanced efficiency and sustainability. From energy-efficient systems to IoT-enabled infrastructure, these initiatives redefine urban living. The convergence of technology and construction fosters intelligent, connected spaces that prioritize both environmental responsibility and resident well-being.

Future Summit @Motorwerk Berlin - From Vision to Reality

Green Energy -  Infrastructure, Mobility and Refurbishments

Stockholm epitomizes sustainability, prioritizing green energy, innovative infrastructure, and efficient mobility solutions. The city's commitment to renewable energy sources, coupled with advanced infrastructure and eco-friendly transport options, creates a model for urban development that harmonizes environmental consciousness with the demands of a modern, thriving metropolis.

London in Transition – Urban Retrofit & the Healthy City

London redefines urban living through refurbishment initiatives that seamlessly blend historical charm with modern health-centric design. Renovations prioritize green spaces, pedestrian-friendly zones, and improved air quality. The city's commitment to revitalizing spaces fosters a healthier environment, promoting the well-being of residents and enhancing London's dynamic urban landscape.


Current turbulent times have risen many challenges. Our building stock within the Cities are considered a huge challenge for the sustainable transformation to future proof, energy efficient and healthy places. Urban retrofit refers to the process of upgrading and enhancing existing urban infrastructure to align with modern sustainability and health standards. This concept is crucial in shaping a healthy city, where the built environment directly influences the well-being of its inhabitants. By retrofitting urban spaces, cities can address issues like air pollution, inadequate green spaces, and inefficient transportation systems.

A healthy city promotes physical and mental well-being through thoughtful urban planning, incorporating features such as pedestrian-friendly zones, cycling lanes, and accessible green spaces. Retrofitting existing structures to be energy-efficient, incorporating green roofs, and implementing smart technologies contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable urban environment. Additionally, promoting mixed-use development and prioritizing public transportation over individual car use fosters community engagement and reduces pollution.

What holistic strategies can be employed to cultivate cities that prioritize the well-being of inhabitants, promoting a communities and people-friendly environment?

How do we ensure the remain of heritage buildings and structures to maintain city‘s identity?

What requirements do buildings need to follow the creation of places for relaxation and mental health?

Which strategies should companies pursue to effectively align their sustainability goals with economic success?

How can architects & planners use design methods and principles to develop retrofitted and healthy cities?

How can rebuilding our stock be future proofed transformed to reach net-zero cities and save carbon emissions by 2050 latest?

What strategies can be implemented to retrofit urban infrastructure for greater environmental sustainability?

How do we balance transportation, energy and water needs with future concepts?

How do we become productive cities?

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Urban Density & the Vertical City

The European Talk 2023 concentrates on the prevention of urban sprawl and the imperative of densification, covering six European cities, their vertical and horizontal development visions and regional characteristics. We are pursuing more inclusive, community-centred solutions that not only address sustainability, but also promote the well-being and cohesion of people in evolving urban landscapes.

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