Reimagining Cities

Hit hard by what was revealed to be primarily an urban pandemic, cities across the world have been harnessing the potential of their proximity with residents, the private sector, and civil society to deploy rapid, innovative, and cost-effective solutions. Most of this innovation is likely to continue as part of a broader movement led by numerous mayors committed to boldly re-directing urban development towards environmental sustainability, social equality, and resilience.

Designed by Dr. Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi, chair of Urban Flag and instructor of City Diplomacy at Sciences Po – PSIA, the École Polytechnique, and Columbia in Paris, this conference series aims to engage distinguished mayors, scholars, practitioners, and students in a global discussion on the future of urban life in a post-pandemic world.

The five 90-minute conferences will take place on Zoom, with recordings made available after the event. Free participation upon registration.


  1. March 16, 2021 | 6 pm (Paris): The rise of city diplomats [recording]
  2. April 8, 2021 | 5 pm (Paris) | 11 am (New York): Nations talk, cities act? How the pandemic enhanced the international role of cities [recording]
  3. May 4, 2021 | 6 pm (Paris) | 12 pm (New York): Reimagining urban diversity. The impact of the urban intercultural approach during and after the outbreak [recording]
  4. June 8, 2021 | 6 pm (Paris) | 12 pm (New York): Reimagining urban sustainability. The future of urban environmentalism [recording]
  5. July 8, 2021 | 6 pm (Paris) | 12 pm (New York): Reimagining smart cities. The value of smart technologies in a pandemic and post-pandemic city [recording]

The series is co-organized with the Paris School of International Affairs Sciences Po, Columbia Undergraduate Programs in Paris, and Columbia Global Centers | Paris. Co-sponsored by the Alliance Program and Urban Flag.