Siemens Opens Landmark Center on Urban Sustainability in London
PUBLISHED November 08, 2012
This September marked the opening in C40 city London of the world’s largest exhibition and conference center on sustainable urban development - the Crystal, a new sustainable cities initiative by Siemens.
The Crystal was inaugurated with a series of events over the course of three days, in which Siemens brought together more than 900 architects, urban planners, city representatives and thought leaders from around the world. The opening night kicked off with a welcome from London Mayor Boris Johnson and a spectacular light show.
London Mayor Boris Johnson and Siemens CEO Peter Loescher, Source: Siemens
The following day, Siemens and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) co-hosted an opening conference “Urban Planning for City Leaders”, detailing tools that support good urban planning processes that are fundamental to creating sustainable cities. Among notable speakers, Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Mpho Franklyn Parks Tau shared his experiences engaging citizen participation in the city’s development strategy. These and other remarks from global experts such as Joan Cloas, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, can be viewed by clicking here. The event closed with an address by C40 Chair New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (virtually present) who underlined the importance of measurement and data to planning – and taking – climate action in cities.
The Crystal, Source: Siemens
By design, the Crystal will be an ongoing forum enabling experts, business leaders, decision-makers, students and citizens around the world to come together – in a building that meets the most stringent standards for sustainable design and construction – and find solutions to the challenges facing cities, including rapid growth, demographic shifts and climate change. Its permanent exhibition uses unique and interactive approaches to challenge and reinvent the way we think about our cities. It is made up of ten different zones, each designed to educate, inform and stimulate debate and further exploration.