Ramboll recently took centre stage at the World Cities Summit. The main theme for the event is “Liveable and Sustainable - Common Challenges, Shared Solutions”, and topical issues such as public governance and sustainable urban development were explored.
As a platinum sponsor at the Summit – which brought together over 3000 business leaders, industry experts, and mayors from the world’s top cities – Ramboll enjoyed a significant presence in the exhibition area. The stand represented all aspects of Ramboll’s city competencies, spanning urban planning, buildings, transport, blue/green solutions, waste management, energy, governance and socio-economics.
Culture at the heart of liveability
Group CEO, Jens-Peter Saul, chaired a round table discussion on the subject of “Sustainable Environment: Water and Waste Management,” and gave a high profile speech on building resilient cities. As part of his speech, “Culture at the Heart of Liveability,” Jens-Peter Saul defined liveability as the function of three main parameters of a city’s make up:
- Physical conditions: infrastructure, water, minerals, material, mobility, energy, food, etc.
- Social conditions: welfare and social services, safety and flexible labour market, good governance
- Cultural conditions: societal values, education and identity, and the specific character of a city.
He cited Ramboll’s involvement in the urban planning of Jeddah and the arctic city of Hammerfest as strong examples of how adapting to cultural differences achieves truly sustainable solutions.
To view Jens-Peter Saul’s slide deck from the WCS, please click here